Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are being allowed to be used as scapegoats by national politicians to deflect failings in their own actions, it has been claimed.
Jeffrey Harris, the deputy PCC for Surrey, has hit out at the negative headlines around the position â€“ claiming they are â€œmissing the pointâ€.
Mr Harris, a former chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police, who serves under PCC Kevin Hurley, responded to PoliceOracle.comâ€™s story on August 29 in which analysts called for reform of the newly created roles.
Legislation surrounding the office has been called into question, most recently in light of two cases where PCCs have left or been suspended from their political parties.
The Prime Minister, Home Secretary and many members of the public have called on South Yorkshireâ€™s Shaun Wright to stand down in light of his previous responsibility for childrenâ€™s services in Rotherham for five years, during a longer period which was heavily criticised in the Rotherham report last week.
Mr Harris would not defend Mr Wright, but said: â€œI think itâ€™s too early to say whether the legislation needs reform.â€
He said that the legislation for PCCs was the same as for MPs and the Mayor of London â€“ who oversees policing in the city.