Posted On: 15th November 2012
Today voters will decide who will be their local Police and Crime Commissioner, This is a new role job that will oversee the police and ensure they are prioritising what matters to you.
There are however many critics of the post not least the police themselves who believe it may create conflict at a time when resources are being reduced.
As a business owner in Wolverhampton I have been unfortunate enough to have two break-ins and have to say that the Police on each occasion have been prompt to react, take prints and offer advice. Almost all crime is the result of problems in society and the commissioner will not solve these. The police are there to respond to criminal activity and clampdown as early in the crime cycle as possible. Career politicians motivated by ego and money who say they will do 'x'and 'y' if they get in, is also an insult to anyone with half a brain.
If we must have an elected commissioner this person has to have a wealth of experience and knowledge. I’m not at all satisfied that a layman can do this job adequately. In the West Midlands elections for example we have a store manager, former councilor who lost his seat and bishop running for office.
The question everyone should ask themselves is this, if you were a passenger on a plane would you rather the pilot, with twenty years flying experience or a former councilor who has seen a few flying videos and has a keen interest fly the plane?
This makes a mockery of the service and will simply add another layer onto what is already an over sickly cake.
Although I only have one vote I fully intend to turn out and vote for an independent candidate with Police experience and hope Business Report readers do the same.