Justice Commissioners

November 12, 2008 10:22 AM

On Tuesday ConservativeHome reported that Douglas Carswell is pushing, in parliament, for elected 'justice commissioners' (you can call them sheriffs for short). This is a great idea.


It can be tempting to look at this sort of proposal and think "I don't want a vote, I want the police to turn up when I call" but that attitude is deeply mistaken. The reason the police don't show up when you call is that they're following the politicians' priorities, not yours. They're jumping through the bureaucratic hoops because box ticking is the only language that central government, which has to understand policing through spreadsheets in Whitehall, can follow.


We need to end the present situation where the police are accountable to politicians rather than the ordinary people who depend on them.

On Tuesday ConservativeHome reported that Douglas Carswell is pushing, in parliament, for elected 'justice commissioners' (you can call them sheriffs for short). This is a great idea.


It can be tempting to look at this sort of proposal and think "I don't want a vote, I want the police to turn up when I call" but that attitude is deeply mistaken. The reason the police don't show up when you call is that they're following the politicians' priorities, not yours. They're jumping through the bureaucratic hoops because box ticking is the only language that central government, which has to understand policing through spreadsheets in Whitehall, can follow.


We need to end the present situation where the police are accountable to politicians rather than the ordinary people who depend on them.

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