More integration between police forces and elected representatives would help fix the broken community reporting system that leaves victims feeling helpless and isolated.
Suffolk has a new Chief Constable, who has only been in post for a couple of months, as has the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. They will be held to account over time, but we need to give them space to do their jobs.
Insisting on degrees is an example of pointless red tape, and I want to get rid of all such bureaucratic burdens. Sir Stephen House’s Operational Productivity Review is designed to do just that.
It would enhance democracy and local accountability, be better value for money for the taxpayer, and be more effective in reducing crime.
The Transport Secretary insists that we have “incredibly tough laws” on guns and the “police have seized a significant number of weapons”
Family is not always a comfortable topic, especially in the political world. Yet it has been proven to be the biggest determining factor in a child’s life outcomes.
Demands from other parts of the public sector are a huge burden. Forces are always there to help in times of need, but they are not a substitute for the NHS, ambulance services, or mental health practitioners. Maybe a directly elected health commissioner might help?
Police effectiveness must be boosted by a strategic shift to prevention. 20,000 extra cops has to mean one million fewer crimes, not 200,000 more people in front of the courts.
Often victims attend court with an expectation that their case will be heard, only to be informed that it has been adjourned.
Fraud Awareness Week is a chance to reflect on the huge costs such crimes impose on British business.
Littering harms local communities, destroys local ecosystems, and costs the taxpayer millions of pounds every year.
If we don’t avoid the bear traps, we will face another attack from a new ‘son of UKIP’ force that could unwittingly hand power to a Labour-led coalition.
The new Prime Minister baffled the Opposition by mixing high-minded friendliness with low blows.
If officers on the beat were the answer, Britain today would be safer than it was in the 1960s. Yet the data tell a very different story.