Why I will not be voting for police commissioner
Is having an American-style police chief with a twist, a good thing?
I am not so sure. For one thing, the post will be a political position rather than an independent position.
That in itself will promote party politics in the use of the police, where the police should be entirely free of political influence operationally.
Another problem which will undoubtedly become a concern, as it did in America, is that party politics will put direct pressure on the police to act by transferring resources to a certain area, limiting the effectiveness in other areas.
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Officers will then put pressure on their subordinates to get results because the chief wants results, which may in turn lead to – shall we say – the less-efficient officer bending the rules to achieve those results to stay in the job.
We have seen the results of political operational influence in the armed forces, with ridiculous rules of engagement for our soldiers. For example, when a Taliban member has been firing at you and your section of soldiers, then puts down his weapon, you are not allowed to fire on him and he can then walk off to get into a taxi and depart.
Now the politicians want to play with the police.
Neither I nor any other member of the public was asked or consulted about these American systems of government, which British politicians appear to be fascinated by at the moment – it probably has something to do with cost-cutting.
There should have been a referendum for Leicester on an elected mayor and now we get police chiefs which we are told we are having and have no say in whatsoever.
The only way to have our say is not to vote at all.
I am against one politician having so much power, whether as mayor or as police chief and I would rather see a committee of non-political associated people in charge rather than dictators – wouldn't you? I for one will not be voting.
Bernard Fox, Leicester.