Chief Constable was in the wrong job all along

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Med Hughes, the recently-retired chief constable of South Yorkshire, used the opportunity of his retirement last October to attack the cuts in police budgets.

As reported in The Star at the time, he warned that crime would rise because of the cuts. And now you tell us that the wily old Mr Hughes had been banking more than £6 million in savings on behalf of South Yorkshire Police, instead of spending it on the extra bobbies the county needs.

Nearly 100 officers could allegedly have been paid with the money, but Mr Hughes deposited these huge sums into the force’s reserves instead.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I always thought it was the chief constable’s job to apportion the police budget to delivering those services which will protect us all from crime, not stash it away for a rainy day.

The Government, on the other hand, is entrusted with making sure the country lives within its means. Med Hughes chooses to chide it for doing so, while exercising the same parsimoniousness of which he is publicly so disparaging.

Now his hidden talents have been revealed, one has to conclude that his attributes are perhaps far better suited to the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer than that of Chief Constable. Perhaps he was in the wrong job all along.!

Neville Martin, Castledine Gardens, S9

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