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Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has considered proposals for (a) elected and (b) appointed sheriffs to be established as part of measures to combat crime and antisocial behaviour. (84298)

We have considered a wide range of options for making services more responsive and accountable to local priorities on issues of crime and antisocial behaviour. The review of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 committed to strengthening the effectiveness of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) by setting national standards. These will require, among other things:

Elected local authority members responsible for community safety issues to play a full part in setting community safety priorities;

Subjecting CDRPs to periodic scrutiny by local authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees;

Requiring Basic Command Unit Commanders and senior representatives of other responsible authorities to hold regular Face the People sessions to respond to issues raised by local communities; and

The introduction of the Community Call for action to enable local communities to trigger intervention by the local authority scrutiny committee if community safety issues have not been adequately addresses by the police or their partners.

Setting out requirements on CDRPs/Community Safety Partnerships to consult, communicate and engage with their communities.