We can't get away from politicisation of new police role
I attended the first of the hustings, in Leicester, for the introduction of the police and crime commissioner.
From the very beginning of the meeting, on Monday night, the greatest threat was identified as the threat of further politicisation of the police.
The police cuts were quoted as 20 per cent.
The Government ignored the advice of the chief inspector of constabularies not to go beyond 12 per cent, because of the serious impact it would have on policing, despite chief constables having to keep to politically-imposed performance targets.
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The police cannot have a trade union and are banned from striking, so politicians worsened their pay and conditions, diminished their pensions and introduced privatisation to make a profit, knowing there can be no redress by the police.
We need a candidate who is most likely to serve the public and the police service impartially.
All the candidates admitted that they know very little about the principles of policing but, as someone once said, "you don't need an engineer to run an engineering company".
The chief constable still retains operational command, so if a problem is pointed out it is his responsibility to solve it.
However, it is the responsibility of the new commissioner to set the policing plan for the force area.
The independent candidate is at a distinct disadvantage, because of lack of resources, against both the Labour and Conservative candidates.
Despite their good intentions on the night, the latter pair could not shake off the fact that they are the official candidates for their political parties and will be expected to impose their party's political policies.
The timing of the "winter" election was mentioned, when a low turn-out is expected and when the political candidates will be better able to mobilise their party voters.
The most impressive candidate on the night for me was the independent, Suleman Nagdi, with his vast experience in diverse public causes in this country at different levels, a lot of which is police related.
Patrick Trigg, Oadby.