Commenting on the statement by Theresa May, the new Home Secretary, that she intends to push through plans for directly elected police commissioners, Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly policing spokesperson and a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority said:
For ten years the Metropolitan Police Service has been accountable to Londoners through a police authority. To now place all that accountability in the hands of one person would be a serious mistake.
“Boris Johnson struggled to even chair the Metropolitan Police Authority, so the idea that he, or indeed any Mayor, could now do the work currently carried by the whole Authority would be the first mistake made by the new Home Secretary.
“London needs a broad based police authority representing the immense diversity of the capital.”
Currently, the Metropolitan Police Authority comprises 12 members from various parties on the London Assembly, and 11 independent members. Of the appointees, one is appointed directly by the Home Secretary and the others through an open recruitment campaign. Members serve for four years.
It’s concerning to think how a London Mayor would handle even more concentrated powers over London policing.
Chris Huhne said in November 2009:
An elected sheriff could lead to even more rabid politicisation of policing than we have already seen under sharp-shooter Boris.