Reid's Rozzer Trouble
Police force mergers in England and Wales will cost up to £600 million to carry out and will 'destroy' Government plans to extend neighbourhood policing, says a confidential paper prepared for chief officers.
The report says that without extra funding the new 'superforces' will fail to achieve their intended purpose - to improve the protection of the public from serious crime. 'It won't even do what it says on the tin', it says.
English police forces have to merged into large regional forces because they are too small to effectively fight terrorism and serious and organised crime. The proposed West Midlands regional police force will cover 5m people.
The Home Secretary's constituency in Scotland is covered by Strathclyde Police. They cover 2.2m people and are planning to split into 6 smaller forces because they can't effectively police 2.2m people.
According to the Home Office, this is too small to fight terrorism and serious and organised crime. By allowing any more than one single regional police force in Scotland covering its population of 5m, the Home Secretary is putting the UK at serious risk of terrorist infiltration from inside Scotland.
Naturally, I have written to the Home Office asking if the Home Secretary will be exercising his right to legislate on devolved matters in Scotland for the safety of the country by forcing them to merge into a single regional police force.
If I was "Dr" Reid I would just blame it on my predecessor and junk the plan - that is the normal management option, and the sensible one in this case - or because it won't affect his constituency or country maybe he doesn't care what happens in the vassal state.