I AM sure I will not be the only one in expressing my disbelief in the £100 million fiasco of the Police Commissioner vote.
Did I vote? No, I didn’t, and here is why.
In my 40 years of being eligible to vote, I can count on one hand the amount of times I have missed. But to me it seemed absurd for me to give authority for the millions to be spent on the election.
Also, it seemed absurd for me to put individuals into positions with salaries of £75,000 and, in some cases more, when there are organisations up and down the country which are screaming out for funding to help them to get out of the financial mess.
And now, because of the authorities’ inept way of dealing with it, the problems are far worse.
Of course it is not politicising the vote as most of the candidates have been nominated by their respective parties. I agree with what some of the senior police officers have said and that is that you need someone with a police background to enter the roll of Commissioner.
Central government will still remove police off the streets with the budget cuts that are to come, and when this happens and you complain about the police numbers you will be told that is the fault of the commissioners you elected. With some areas having empty ballot boxes and some with as few as twelve voters, who are these polls for?
And before anyone says that if you didn’t vote you cant complain. Because I didn’t vote on this occasion, one missing cross will not stop my financial contribution through my council tax to the police.
I believe that because of the shambles surrounding the commissioners, MP John Mann is right to call to scrap the whole idea and concentrate on investing in police to get enough on the beat. When public confidence is down and the economy is down, crime will go up.