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Good to be in Scotland?
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Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:58PM
With the English NHS reforms and now the police, I certainly feel there's a lot of change being done in the south that I don't remember in any manifestos. Happy to be up here!
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Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:09AM
I fully appreciate what you are saying, but having worked on a number of occasions with the CPS, while they do not actually conduct (in theory?) investigations, interviewing suspects, they do have the powers to request that the police do.
The point that I am or was trying to make, that no matter what the role of certain organisations are, there is still a provision for these organisations to 'go private', due (as we are told) to funding and lack of resources. We have seen many organisations that carry a government title, yet at the same time, if you dig deeper, they are actually being run by private enterprise. When things go wrong, then this is were the public become surprised, or further involved. Two typical cases of how this is, and you only need to look how the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) or the DWP works, and who is involved with that. Both of these organisations are dealing on a daily basis with 'sensitive material', and both are now being run by private enterprise. There are many more private venture company's doing the same thing within the government sector nowadays. Something that you or I may not have imagined would have possibly happened years ago?.
With regards to "eventually meaning juries were not needed??". There are a number of court cases held on a daily basis, that have no juries in attendance, and its left to the presiding person to decide. This as been a discussion point within the legal system for some time now, as to whether judging of cases and how courts work, now require revision to a 'more modern standard' (whatever that might imply or eventually mean?).
But perhaps coming back to the the original subject about police. A few years ago, there was talk of amalgamating police forces even further, with cost savings in mind. As far as I am aware, this is still on the drawing board for possible action. So how far the 'security guard' (ex PCSO'S?) on the streets will go, it can only be any ones guess?.
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Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:13AM
I should have perhaps added, that the CRB and DWP are apparently 'overseen' by government officials.
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