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  1. Police and Crime Commissioners: learning lessons from the United States ACPO Conference: 23rd May 2012 Jayme Johnson, Metropolitan Police UNPROTECTED

  2. The Interviews

  3. The Key Findings • PCCs are wholly unique. 2) There’s reason to be optimistic. PCCs can bring great benefits. 3) Conflict is likely in certain key areas.. 4) The Five Part Formula might assist in avoiding conflict.

  4. “The former commissioner of the Met, Ian Blair, on lessons - and a warning - from across the Atlantic.”New Statesman (March 2011) “Police and crime commissioners: the Americanization of policing or a very British reform?” An article recently published by Tim Newburn, London School of Economics and Political Science

  5. Positive Contributions by Elected Officials Reactive Political cover Assist in police response Shape public opinion United front with Chief Trust Proactive Politics & Funding Public Understanding Innovation Non-police perspective Scrutiny Trust Reform/Progress

  6. Conflict in Three Areas

  7. Politicized Police “Chiefs have got to be careful, otherwise they’ll end up political pawns” “The previous chief’s good work was undone and the public suffered due to union endorsement and backroom deals” “I’ve seen campaign stickers on patrol cars”

  8. Interference in Operations “The mayor’s office demand arrests to coincide with press conferences.” “Meddling with staff selection is a way elected officials can exert greater control” “I tell them: ‘Don’t cross the line’”

  9. Agreed Philosophy and Strategy Continual Education – of each other and the public Learning from America New Rule Book for all Ground Rules & Roles The Middle-Agent

  10. The Key Findings • PCCs are wholly unique. 2) There’s reason to be optimistic. PCCs can bring great benefits. 3) Conflict is likely in certain key areas.. 4) The Five Part Formula might assist in avoiding conflict.

  11. 07714332241jayme.johnson@met.police.uk TOTAL POLICING UNPROTECTED