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Royal Parks Constabulary - rank strcuture

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Royal Parks Constabulary - rank strcuture

Unread postby Luke » Wed Jun 02, 2004 5:20 pm

Royal Parks Constabulary

The Royal Parks Police are a specialist constabulary force works primarily within the boundaries of parkland owned by the Royal Family, but open to the general public, including Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Primrose Hill and St James' Park, amongst others.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/crime/fighters/parkspolice.shtml


The RPC polices 17 distinct locations in and around London, including the eight Royal Parks and a number of Gardens; these spaces cover over 6,000 acres and are visited by millions of people every year.

The RPC does not come under Home Office control, unlike most police forces. Instead, the Constabulary is accountable, via The Royal Parks, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Total strength 121 police officers.

http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/about/police.cfm


Following recent agreements the force will merge and become an operational division of the Metropolitan Police in April 2004.

http://www.btinternet.com/~appin129/


Rank structure

Chief Officer
Deputy Chief Officer
Superintendent
Chief Inspector
Inspector
Police Sergeant
Police Constable

http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/docs/Annua ... 2-2003.doc
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Unread postby ChrisWI » Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:48 pm

Isent there another agency called Royal Parks Police? Or was the name changed to Royal Parks Constabulary? Also how can a "national" police force be merged into the Metropolitian Police?
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Unread postby Luke » Thu Jun 03, 2004 11:31 am

The Royal Parks Police is the same as the Royal Parks Constabulary. All British police forces are in a way national police forces financed and inspected by the central government through the Home Secretary. The police system is a peculiar mixture of central and local influence, aimed at securing the independence and impartiality of the police.

Police officers are not employees of the state or of local government. They hold their position as independent office holders under the Crown. Appointment to the ranks of Assistant Chief Constable and Chief Constable are made by the Police Authority with the approval of the Home Secretary. The Home Secretary has responsibility to promote and maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and has a range of powers. The Home Secretary must approve all appointments to the ranks of Assistant Chief Constable/Commander or above.

A British police force is independent of both central and local government. The independence is guaranteed by the existence of a Police Authority that has a range of duties and responsibilities laid down by statute. It must secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force for its area. It must determine local policing objectives whilst having regard to those key objectives set by the Home Secretary. The Police Authority has an important responsibility after consulting the chief constable to make arrangements for obtaining the views of people in their area about matters concerning the policing of that area and for obtaining their co-operation with the police in preventing crime.

The chief officer – the chief constable or commissioner – is independent of the police authority. The chief officer is responsible for the direction and control of the police force. In discharging those functions, however, the chief officer must have regard to the local policing plan issued by the Police Authority but is independent in regard to operational matters. The chief officer drafts the local policing plan before the Police Authority agrees it finally.

See: http://www.centrex.police.uk/police_leg ... rvice.html

A police authority is composed of (A) councillor members representing the local governments in the police force area as a whole, (B) magistrate members representing the magistrates courts in the police area as a whole, (C) independent members appointed by the councillor and magistrate members of the Police Authority, following a selection process involving an Independent Selection Panel and the Home Secretary. See the link to Greater Manchester Police Authority: http://www.gmpa.gov.uk/whoweare/appointment_process.htm

The Metropolitan Police Authority has twenty-three members, twelve drawn from the new Greater London Assembly, four magistrates and seven independent members. Members are appointed for a period of four years.
http://www.mpa.gov.uk/about/members/default.htm

The police receive most of its money in the form of a police grant from the central government. The Thames Valley Police Authority, for instance, receives around 70% of its income from central government. The other 30% comes from local council taxpayers. See: http://www.tvpa.police.uk/council-tax/financing.htm)

The Home Office control of the police forces includes HM Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIs), which are charged with examining and improving the efficiency of the Police Service in England and Wales. HM Inspectors of Constabulary are appointed by the Crown on the recommendation of the Secretary of State and, until recently, selection was made exclusively from the ranks of the most senior officers serving in the provincial forces and the Metropolitan Police. In October 1993, and in accordance with the Citizen's Charter principle that Inspectorates should include a "lay element", two HMIs were appointed from non-police backgrounds. See: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/hmic.htm
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Unread postby Luke » Tue Mar 22, 2005 8:37 pm

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