Priti Patel is planning to launch a ‘power grab’ against woke police chiefs and ‘failing’ police and crime commissioners, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The Home Secretary will this month present the recommendations of her review into the powers of PCCs, which will include looking at the police’s ‘operational independence’.
It is understood the plans would make it easier to sack a police chief who refuses to take action when protesters tear down statues.
Last night, Home Office sources launched attacks on Labour mayors Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham and the Bristol police force, claiming they ‘vacated the pitch’ last year.
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The police force in Bristol also ‘stood by and watched’ when Edward Colston’s statue (pictured) was torn down, a Home Office source said
Mr Khan was criticised for his response to the Black Lives Matter protests in London as sources claimed he ‘took a back seat’.
The police force in Bristol also ‘stood by and watched’ when Edward Colston’s statue was torn down, a Home Office source said, while Mr Burnham was criticised in his response to Greater Manchester Police’s failure to record more than 80,000 crimes in a year, which led to the resignation of its chief constable.
Last night, the Greater Manchester mayor accused Ms Patel of ‘playing politics with policing’.
The review will seek to strengthen Ms Patel’s (pictured) powers, making them more ‘black and white’
The review will seek to strengthen Ms Patel’s powers, making them more ‘black and white’ amid concerns that current reporting lines are too ‘wishy washy’, a Home Office source said.
It will also propose a more ‘One Policing’ strategy instead of each force interpreting rules in its own way. The source said the move to ‘more uniform’ England and Wales-wide policing is in response to the different approaches taken to Covid rule enforcement.
They pointed out that some forces have refused to hand out many fines while at the other extreme Derbyshire Police last year dyed a lagoon to deter visitors.
Two sources said the current rules on ‘operational