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Chief Constables

Volume 929: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why no confidential reports on chief constables are regularly prepared and considered; and if he will give attention to this management deficiency, where any shortcomings can have repercussive effects on entire forces.

Under the Police Act 1964, the primary responsibility for the appointment of a Chief Constable and for the maintenance of an efficient police force rests with the police authority for the area concerned. I already receive regular reports from Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary to assist me in discharging my responsibilities under the Act.