September 02, 2007

Politically correct police - no thanks

Ken Jones, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, does not recognise how serious the problems facing society are. "This talk about anarchy and broken society, frankly I have been baffled by it," he says. There are two points to be made.

First, there is not generalised anarchy, but society certainly does seem to be broken in certain areas, some of them quite large.

Secondly, how would Mr Jones know? Most of his police officers are behind desks most of the time, only a small minority of crimes are detected, and you can bet a further huge number go entirely unreported, many of them in the areas where order is now tenuous.

Patience Wheatcroft recalls that five youngsters are about to be sentenced for manslaughter, having stoned Ernest Norton, aged 67, to death.
During the trial the boys, now aged between 12 and 14, had demonstrated their contempt for the proceedings, and what we might still call respectable society, pulling faces, jostling each other and driving court staff to complain of their unruly behaviour. In the dock, they provided three-dimensional evidence that Mr Cameron's perceptions are rather more acute than those of Mr Jones.

Born to single mothers, some of the boys never having even met their fathers, they became gang members, the youngest joining when he was just 10. They roamed shopping centres, foraged at McDonalds, then went looking for a fight.
But senior police seem to prefer to be mealy-mouthed. Frank Field recalls that, after he said in the Commons that our failure to teach immigrants what it means to be a British citizen had left us exposed, with a significant number of British-born Muslims who do not condemn the July 2005 bombings, "a senior police officer said my comments were 'not helpful'".
Constituents who are unsatisfied with my performance can throw me out. But they have no power to dismiss a senior police officer who fails them. They should have.
Agreed. Electors should be able to choose police chiefs who will run local police forces according to the priorities of the local people, not the politically correct plod bureaucrats.

If you doubt that police forces are run by mealy-mouthed bureaucrats, dip into any of the police blogs linked to on the right.


Mark Wadsworth said...


I am more and more inclined to devolve everything down to people elected at local authority level.

Yes, many of them will f*** up, but at least we will know whom to blame.

Elaib said...

And then, we can sack them and replace them with something better.
Of course you have deal with post code lotteries in all sorts of areas, but that is a beneficial consequence of choice