Most police uphold high standards
The public's confidence in the police has been dented by a series of factors including the so-called "plebgate" affair and the results of the Hillsborough inquiry, according to Leicester East MP Keith Vaz.
The Home Affairs Select Committee, which he chairs, will next month begin an inquiry into issues such as police training, accountability and integrity.
Mr Vaz has also called on David Cameron to host annual summits with senior officers and for a "new Magna Carta" for policing.
It is perfectly reasonable that the Home Affairs Select Committee should hold this inquiry. Its purpose is to act as a watchdog over matters such as policing.
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However, we would sound a cautionary note about the current media and political focus on the police force.
We do not know to what extent public confidence has been shaken. However, it should be pointed out that what we are talking about here are some isolated examples of behaviour which are not remotely representative of the conduct of the vast majority of officers.
Most policemen and women observe the highest standards of integrity in a job which is often highly pressurised and sometimes involves considerable danger.
And they face a range of demands which make their job more complex and difficult than ever before.
They have to navigate their way through a maze of legislation, red tape and targets which successive governments have heaped upon them.
And their role has expanded over the years from fighting crime and keeping order to one in which they also play a significant part in dealing with a range of difficult social issues and supporting communities.
They have also to deal with the complexities of modern criminality, ranging from cyber crime to international fundamentalist terrorism.
When police officers behave badly they should, of course, be held to account. And it is entirely right that such an important public service should be scrutinised by MPs.
However, it should also be borne in mind that Britain has one of the best police forces in the world which upholds on a daily basis the very highest standards.