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28.09.11

Labour plans police review

Labour plans to set up an independent review of policing in England and Wales, to examine modern policing challenges and how the best response to this can be managed. The review will be led by the former Metropolitan Police Chief Lord Stevens, and should report before the next general election in 2015.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper will tell the Labour conference: “Now is the time for a serious vision for the future of policing - building on the best of British and international policing. Including experts from here and abroad. Vigorous and challenging on the changes needed. Working with the police not trying to undermine them.”

Cooper will argue that funding should be spent on retaining officers, rather than the introduction of new police and crime commissioners. She will also propose new tough anti-gang initiatives to deal with the modern culture of crime, following the riots this summer.

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected the need to rethink police cuts after the riots, saying that they were “totally achievable without any reduction in visible policing”.

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