The Police & Social Reform Bill received Royal assent and became law on 15 September 2011. It covers five distinct policy areas: police accountability and governance; alcohol licensing; the regulation of protests around Parliament Square; misuse of drugs; and the issue of arrest warrants in respect of private prosecutions for universal jurisdiction offences. In respect of police accountability and governance, one aspect is to replace police authorities with directly elected Police & Crime Commissioners.
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Election of the Police and Crime Commissioner