What about police on the street?
Most people would answer yes to that.
Unfortunately the government feels that another tier of elected officials is the solution, and are suggesting that each area elects a crime and policing representative – around 400 of them nationwide. In London this job would entail chairing a meeting called the ‘Crime And Disorder Reduction Partnership’, a group made up of all the relevant public bodies in the area; the police, council, probation, youth services, and so on. Crucially, this representative wouldn’t have any specific power, they would just be the chairman of a committee. They could not, for example, change the priorities of the police unless the police themselves agreed.
The Local Government Association reckons the bill for electing these 400 powerless politicians would be between £15 and £48 million, enough to pay for 300 or 1,000 extra police!
If you’d prefer more police sign the petition at the 10 Downing Street website.