ACPO president warns of possible detrimental impact on frontline if police funds are diverted to bolster the IPCC.
Frontline policing could suffer if vital policing funds are used to bolster the capability of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Association of Chief Police Officersâ€™ President has warned.
Sir Hugh Orde (pictured) said he was not confident that taking money from the Police Service and giving it to another organisation was helpful and that a better understanding of the rationale behind the decision was needed.
In an interview with PoliceOracle.com, Sir Hugh said: â€œIf I was a real chief again I would be concerned if I were to lose â€˜Xâ€™ million pounds from my budget over the next few years.
â€œThere is only one place it can come from and that is the frontline of policing.â€
The ACPO President said that his organisation had been denied access to a report commissioned by the Home Secretary into the current capabilities of professional standards departments (PSDs) across England and Wales to determine what level of resourcing to divert to the IPCC. PoliceOracle.com also asked for a copy of the report but the request was also declined.
Sir Hugh said: â€œWe need to better understand the rationale for the quantum, which we donâ€™t because the report has not been shared with chief constables, which I find extraordinary.
â€œWe are flying blind as to the logic. It is very hard to have a sensible debate about this when you donâ€™t know what the rationale is for it or how the money is going to be used.â€
As previously reported, Home Secretary Theresa May announced in February that resources from PSDs would be transferred to the police watchdog to ensure it has the â€œbudget and manpowerâ€ to do its work. At the time she said that work would be carried out to establish whether the transfer of resources would relate to manpower or funds.
However, in December Policing Minister Damian Green confirmed that money will be transferred from forces and that the phased transfer would begin in 2014 in line with the IPCC taking on more complaints cases.
Sir Hugh added: â€œThe IPCC is going to get all of this money, who is it going to find to investigate? My experience tells me that to catch a bad cop you need a good cop.
â€œIt is very hard to have a mature conversation without the information about it.
â€œThe question is, does throwing more money at the same organisation crack it or do we need to bite the bullet and say if we really mean this is there not a way of doing it in an independent way.â€
Giving IPCC money â€˜could impact frontline policingâ€™