Leeds Council motion calls on government to drop elected police chiefs plan

Leeds City Councillors are to debate a motion calling on the government to abandon its plans to spend £100m on the introduction of elected police commissioners and ensure instead that police forces have the resources they need for effective community policing.

A motion to be put to the Council on Wednesday 14th September says that the containment of “isolated incidents of violence” in Leeds in early August “has once again demonstrated that a strong partnership between Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and other representatives on the Safer Leeds Executive, delivers positive outcomes for people in Leeds”.

The motion expresses the Council’s thanks to community leaders, police officers, police community support officers and youth workers who, it says, “worked to prevent further unrest”.

“This Council believes that 20% budget cuts will make it harder for the police to keep the streets safe and maintain order,” it says.

The motion urges councillors to instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Home Secretary and all Leeds MPs “in order to highlight the importance of prioritising community policing, particularly at a time of budget reductions”.

Plans to bring in elected police commissioners (opposed by the Labour Party) looked set to go ahead earlier this week after Liberal Democrat peers apparently agreed to a compromise, the Guardian reported yesterday (Tuesday 6th).

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