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Election of Police chiefs

Comment 26th July 2010

A poor govt idea that is only being floated because of insufficient funds to improve manpower and equipment.  This idea should be resisted.

Why does this matter?

What is the point of asking for suggestions concerning repeal of repressive laws and simultaneously preparing to introduce a change in police management that has the potential of allowing senior officers to be pressured by those with political influence to adopt policies that could have no professional merit.  How can long or medium term strategies of effective policeing be devised and delivered if in the short term a police chief will be preparing for the next election?

Senior police officers do not wish for this measure; the police service in a truly free society needs to be distanced from the influence of politics in the day to day management of resources.

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