It is a very moot point whether this reform is necessary and whether reform of the Police Authorities might have been more appropriate. According to their consultation, the government sees the Police as "disconnected from the public they serve." As for cost, The Guardian 1st December suggests that it will cost £130 m in the first year to set up the new Police and Crime Commissioners. After that, there will be the on-going costs of periodic elections not to mention the staff they are likely to require. The Guardian quotes Home secretary Theresa May as saying that the Commissioners will cost no more than the Police Authorities.
Media comment: The Telegraph 1st December "Police Commissioners could get their own political advisers" .... "Parliament Square to be cleared for Royal wedding" .... "Top prosecutor to approve arrest of foreign officials"