I don’t think I am alone in thinking that there shouldn’t be any Police and Crime Commissioners at all.
In the first place, we weren’t asked if we thought they were a good idea, we were all told we were having them and then, like children, that we were expected to vote for them.
With only around 12 per cent of the electorate bothering to vote, surely this would send a message to Government that they were a waste of time and money?
No, government are hell-bent on keeping these thorns in the side of Chief Constables. They drag out all the tools in the box (recruitment drives for special constables, more uniforms on the streets, etc etc) constantly trying to reinvent the wheel to justify their inflated salaries and other perks.
What have any of them actually done? What contribution do they make that justifies spending all this money on their salaries, offices, deputies, staff and travel expenses?
Candidates are mostly retired and already drawing good pensions from their former employers. They now feel the need to begin a new political career interfering in modern policing.
Of the misguided 12 per cent who turned out last time, how many knew they were voting for another tier of management and regulation of the police which already has The Home Office, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, The Independent Police Complaints Commission, its own Chief Officers and Performance and Standards Department?
I will be voting with my feet again this time around and will be staying away from the polling station with a clear conscience for the second time of PCC elections.
I am trusting that anyone who really understands and cares about policing and the creation of this unnecessary and incongruous position will do the same.