The Police and Crime Commissioner

Today, I trolled up to the Mary Williams Memorial Hall in Sancreed to vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner. Back in 2012, I didn’t bother, along with almost everyone else. Back then, the 15% turnout was blamed on various factors, such as the fact that the election was in November, and laziness (or fecklessness) on the part of the voters. Because today’s election wasn’t held in November, the two people manning the polling station were sitting out in the sunshine when I arrived. Sancreed isn’t especially busy, even for general elections, but it’s pleasantly rural, with the trees coming into leaf and the birds singing, though in November it can be a bit bleak.

If it had been a general election in November 2012, or a council election, I’d have gone to vote. My not going to vote wasn’t because it was in November, or because I was lazy, it was because I thought the whole thing was a farce. I have no idea what would qualify someone to be a good Police and Crime Commissioner, beyond the desire for a fat pay packet. However, a lot of the candidates stood wearing their political party connections on their sleeves. One thing that would definitely not qualify someone to be a good Police and Crime Commissioner is party affiliation. The police aren’t the military wing of a political party.

I hoped that by voting with my bottom in 2012, along with almost everyone else, I might prevent the charade being repeated, but that isn’t the case. So today, when it wasn’t November, and the weather was good, and I wasn’t lazy (or any more feckless than usual), I turned up at the Mary Williams Memorial Hall and put a blank ballot paper in the box. I apologise to the two whose sitting in the sun I disturbed, but I assume they were being paid, and by the looks of things, most of the rest if the 85% were doing the same as they had in 2012.

Pimms

Pimms

Can’t we get the police to sort out a Police and Crime Commissioner? They presumably know what qualifies someone to be a Police and Crime Commissioner, being involved in policing crime. Instead of wasting the money on a misguided election, the government could set up a table outside the Mary Williams Memorial Hall and hand out free Pimms. It would get people off their bottoms, and it’d probably be cheaper.

7 thoughts on “The Police and Crime Commissioner

  1. Alas, the dude who wins will, no doubt, be the one with the strongest affliations to the most affluent party, and the one who is not scared to kiss as many arses as he needs to for the big fat pay cheque. Just a charade so that when people moan about stuff he can say, ‘well, the people elected me’. My cynical view is that everything is political anyway, and hardly anyone gives a shit about anything much except big fat pay cheques. Next time, you could set up a ‘Protest With Pimms’ tent yourself, perhaps.

    Nice to see it’s summer in the glorious south west. Up here near The Wall, it is still coat and gloves weather, much of the time.

    • Thanks Terry. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who’s cynical about the process. Maybe your ‘Protest With Pimms’ idea has legs. The days are mostly warm here now, but it can still be a little chilly in the evenings. Not quite Pimms weather yet, but getting there. Wrap up warm 🙂 Xx.

  2. The North Wales Police Force has been panned on many occasions for their attitudes towards using speeding drivers as a piggy bank and have set up a huge number of cameras and speed traps. While most motorists complain about this I ( a non-driver) don’t mind any tactics designed to catch those who break the law- including hidden cameras if allowed. But it’s never been satisfactorily explained just where the money generated goes. I’m told the new post of Police Commissioner (visions of Gotham City) being a civilian will have oversight into things like this and be able to enforce changes when the public have a legitimate concern.
    If he applicants apply with the attitude they want the job for the right reasons then maybe it will be a good thing but I’m not naive enough to think that big pay cheque won’t be appealing to them. I’d also not want political affiliations to affect the way the job is done.
    So,how about a four man, expenses only oversight committee with powers to make the same changes if a force is doing something wrong.No big pay cheques and they can only act if they have at least a 3-1 majority?

    • Thanks, David. A well policed society is better than a lawless one, and better than an overpoliced one, but I think the supposed democratisation of the selection process is ludicrous.

  3. Here we have a system where some judges are appointed, and others are elected. I’m not sure if it is just Minnesota, or if states across the country have the option, but it is equally ludicrous.

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