Whose police are our police forces?

January 20, 2013 7 Comments
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From the Daily Telegraph we learn that Theresa May is to introduce legislation to allow foreign police chiefs to “run” police forces and to change the conditions of entry and the grades at which those entering will so do.

The Metropolitan Police, in their definition and history of policing advise that:

“The origin of the British police lies in early tribal history and is based on customs for securing order through the medium of appointed representatives. In effect, the people were the police.”

and as far as I am aware the people still are the police, in other words the police force in this country is answerable to – and owned by – the people; the police force does not belong to any government or any government minister.

In the manifesto produced by the Coalition, one on which I would remind readers not one person had the opportunity on which to vote, it states (on page 13) that

“We will have a full review of the terms and conditions for police officer employment.”

note the omission of any regard to the wishes of the public. Note also that in the Conservative Party manifesto (page 57) it states:

“Policing requires assent”

and that there is no mention of reforming the qualifications to be a member of the police force – at which point one has to stop and ask exactly where is the assent to the measures Theresa May intends to impose? This is not democracy – this is the imposition of political diktat and ideology.

Back in 2009 David Blunkett introduced a proposition that the police must and should be accountable to the people – the title of his paper was “A people’s police force”. Readers must forgive pedancy entering this post, but in the English language the use of a noun followed by an apostrophe followed by the letter ‘s’ denotes ownership of something – ergo Blunkett thus admits that the police force belongs to the people and not, I repeat, not to a government or a government minister.

Is it therefore not required that the people should be consulted on Theresa May’s plans? As the police force in this country is funded by means of taxation extracted from the people, it being their money must surely mean that the people should have the deciding voice where changes to policing are concerned.

This point is one of the Demands of the Harrogate Agenda in that where local democracy is concerned: the foundation of that democracy shall be the counties (or other local units as may be defined), which shall become constitutional bodies exercising under the control of their peoples all powers of legislation, taxation and administration not specifically granted by the people to the national government – is it not for local people to decide what form of policing and the level of tolerance to social behaviour is concerned? Is it not right that when considering the spending of people’s money by the state yet another of the Harrogate Agenda’s Demands is met, namely that no taxes or spending without consent: no tax, charge or levy shall be imposed, nor any public spending authorised, nor any sum borrowed by any national or local government except with the express permission of the majority of the people, renewed annually on presentation of a properly authenticated budget which shall first have been approved by their respective legislatures?

Once again, with this latest news, is the fact confirmed that democracy in this country no longer exists.

 

7 Responses to Whose police are our police forces?

  1. Martin D
    January 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Teresa tried to disband ACPO at the start of her tenure, the Police have to much Political power, Ketteling demonstrators, arresting a student who asked if a police horse was gay, killing a newspaper seller and getting away with it, trying to fit-up the Conservative whip, the Hillsborough disaster, Police are a Common Pupose front organisation, what is a Police Constable and what is a Police officer? Truth is the new “Hate Speech” ask Emma West.

  2. Greg Tingey
    January 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Very scary.
    The police are unaccountable & out-of-control enough already, without this on top!

  3. January 21, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Blame the Labour Party, they were the ones who overtly politicised the police, they were the once who stuffed the senior ranks with PC yes men. Labour corrupted the police force like they corrupted so much else. Sadly, they may have done such a good job that future governments may be unable to reverse the damage.

  4. January 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Ergo Blunkett thus admits that the police force belongs to the people and not, I repeat, not to a government or a government minister.

    Is it therefore not required that the people should be consulted on Theresa May’s plans?

    Absolutely.

    • Martin D
      January 21, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Is that that the Blunkett that signed the extradition treaty with th USA, one of Bliars dummies.

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    January 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    XX “Policing requires assent”

    and that there is no mention of reforming the qualifications to be a member of the police force – at which point one has to stop and ask exactly where is the assent to the measures Theresa May intends to impose? This is not democracy – this is the imposition of political diktat and ideology. XX

    When Hindenburg made von Papen to Reichskanzler/Reichskommisar, and he sent the Reichswehr to “sack” the entire top rank of the Berlin/Preußen police, including Weiß (Stellvertretender Leiter der Kriminalpolizei in Berlin in den Polizeidienst aufgenommen, 1925 wurde er Chef der Kriminalpolizei und 1927 Vizepolizeipräsident) and Berliner Polizeipräsidenten Albert Grzesinski it was called a “PUTSCH”.

    What does the ever so ugly May intend to call it?

  6. Andrew Duffin
    January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I expect it’s an EU regulation.

    No doubt we will be told about it in the end.

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