Do not play politics with us, police chiefs say after Blair


From The Times:

Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said that senior officers were extremely concerned that Sir Ian Blair’s sudden departure from Scotland Yard had “fundamentally altered the perception of policing independence”.

I would have thought that the principles of policing were a matter for politicians: there’s something about the root of the word, isn’t there?

Of course policemen must have day-to-day independence, but when I look at the Peelian Principles of policing and this picture apparently of the policemen who shot Mark Saunders, I wonder whether perhaps it is time for a change of leadership in certain quarters.

It seems I am not alone.

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