• Rethinking the law and politics of democratic police accountability

      McDaniel, John; School of Social, Historical and Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mary Seacole Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK (SAGE Publications ltd, 2017-01-06)
      This paper evaluates the work and impact of a number of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England and Wales and attempts to refocus public discourse and scrutiny on their Police and Crime Plans as a key prism through which their performance should be measured. Drawing upon the literature published by various PCCs, the Stevens Commission, the Home Affairs Committee and numerous academics, the paper will argue that a major reform of democratic police accountability in England and Wales is needed. Due to the often voluminous and piecemeal nature of the documents published on the PCCs’ websites, the textual analysis is limited to the Police and Crime Plans for Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and the London Metropolitan area