I don’t see the need for this position, don’t agree with it and don’t want it.
I disagree with one elected official taking the role of the Police Authority, which was made up of elected councillors and lay people from the entire county and city, including at least one magistrate. With a mixture of rural, urban, industrial, and former mining communities, the needs of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City are complex, and it needs more than one individual to be aware of and take in to account all of these needs. An elected Police Commissioner is likely to focus on popular and special interest issues, which would be potential vote winners, neglecting other areas of policing. A party political Police Commissioner would also follow Party lines on policing.
In addition, I disagree with former police officers being able to become the Police Commissioner, as the role is to hold the Police to account. I don’t see how this bias would enable them to openly hold them to account, especially in the wake of recent policing scandals.
As such, this is an inappropriate and poorly thought through role to replace an organisation which was, predominantly, effective. I am therefore abstaining by spoiling my ballot paper.
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