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police commissioner elections


passing through

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Do you think it is a good idea to have a commissioner of police instead of the old police authority. If the correct person is voted in, will they have the teeth and inclination to force chief constables to there way of thinking.

Or will you not be voting.

With a bit of luck our local candidate will sail in. http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Lord-Prescott-odds-favourite-PCC-role/story-17222944-detail/story.html

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oresome

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As I understand it, the commissioner will ensure the priorities of the police reflect the concerns of the public.

The problem is that the crimes I observe are low level anti-social crimes, like litter dropping, damaging bus shelters etc. More a parenting issue than a policing one. You'd need a policeman on every street corner 24 hrs a day to catch this sort of behaviour which is clearly not possible.

I've no idea how much so called white collar crime goes on, how much organised crime there is, etc etc, so I don't feel I'm in a position to dictate priorities to a professional with these statistics at hand.

It seems more like window dressing to me and will possibly divert resources from where they really should be aimed.

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WhiteTruckMan

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Regarding 'low level' crimes ; just because you can't police all of it doesn't mean that you should give up on it, which is what appears to have happened.

WTM

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passing through

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As far as I know the person elected will be just like a local Councillor /MP. They will have a fixed term to serve before coming back for a public reelection. If they do not listen to the views of the public and try and implement concerns they could be voted out of office, something you can not do with the police authority chief executives.

Pine Man

" A good point - thanks for that. "

It was mentioned in the OP that the PCC would replace the old police authority structure.

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passing through

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Received via post today, a leaflet listing all candidates and their proposals.

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NORFOLK SPARKY

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I will be voting but reluctantly. I will vote for the independent as I believe it should not be a political post. If I don't vote, as in ordinary elections, I feel I would not have the right to complain if what I would like done is not done. Perhaps we should all be compelled to vote, but then there should be an option saying the lot of you are not worth voting for. then the politicians would get a nasty surprise or do they already know they are not liked

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Pine Man

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just because you can't police all of it doesn't mean that you should give up on it, which is what appears to have happened.

For many years the police have had limited resources so by necessity they have had to prioritise their efforts towards dealing with the more serious matters. Those resource are now significantly less and are likely to sink even lower. They cannot deal with everything and to suggest that having a PCC will improve matters is, in my opinion, ludicrous.

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morddwyd

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I believe that some police forces estimate that over 90^ of crime in their area is drug fuelled.

Small wonder, then, that they devote a lot of their resources to this area, rather than anti-social behaviour and car crime.

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LanceAlot

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"With a bit of luck our local candidate will sail in. http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Lord-Prescott-odds-favourite-PCC-role/story-17222944-detail/story.html"

I hope Two-Jags doesn't end up with egg on his substantial chops.

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spuds

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LanceAlot

Not sure if its my side, but I seem to get 'page not found' when trying to use your link?.

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spuds

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I notice reference as been given to car crime, and if my location is similar to anywhere else, then most of it goes unreported. Cheaper to get replacement parts than to involve an insurance company or the police.

A few weeks ago, I was unfortunate to have three of my tyres let down overnight. Had to purchase three new replacement tyres, and reported the fact to the police (in case it had occured elsewhere in the area, as an intelligence report). Report taken, and possibly resolved to that is the end of that episode?.

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