« Bang Tofu King Rights | Main | Church Of Climate Change Revivalist Meeting »

ACPO Threat

Tories accuse senior police of giving political cover to Labour - Times Online
A Tory briefing document, seen by The Times, attacks the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which represents the 350 most senior officers in England and Wales.
The three-page briefing note contains a critique of the structure of ACPO, pointing out that although it receives vast amounts of public money, the association is a private limited company that is not accountable to the public or Parliament and not covered by the Freedom of Information Act.
The document outlines how, despite its private status, ACPO accrued operational policing roles in counter-terrorism, civil emergencies, intelligence gathering and ports policing. It also has subsidiary companies providing criminal record checks, security advice and road safety training.
The Tory note accuses the body of “bankrolling a ‘gravy train’ of ex-police officers who retire with a substantial police pension and then take up either consultancy work or full-time employment with ACPO”. It adds: “Parliament has never had the opportunity to debate the role of what is arguably one of the most powerful publicly funded bodies in the UK.”
One police source told The Times: “I would be amazed if ACPO survived the election of a Conservative government.”

That's the good news, ACPO is a scandal;

Tory policy on policing and law and order is still being formulated,....

That's the unbelievable news, had no one told them there was likely to be an election soon and we want to know what they propose?

Comments

They haven't had a clue what to do about the Home Office since DD's hissy fit.

“I would be amazed if ACPO survived the election of a Conservative government.”

Don't bet on it. Like all bureacrats I imagine the chief plods at ACPO are amazingly adept at reading the political tealeaves and trimming their sails to suit the prevailing political winds. They'll do whatever is necessary to ensure their survival.

For all the bluster the Tories under Cameron have demonstrated no real enthusiasm for slashing the Quango state and besides, a compliant ACPO could be as useful to them as it has been to NuLabour. At best this is pointless pre-election bluster. At worst it's a coded signal warning ACPO to prepare plans for operating under a new regime.

“I would be amazed if ACPO survived the election of a Conservative government.”

Don't bet on it. Like all bureacrats I imagine the chief plods at ACPO are amazingly adept at reading the political tealeaves and trimming their sails to suit the prevailing political winds. They'll do whatever is necessary to ensure their survival.

For all the bluster the Tories under Cameron have demonstrated no real enthusiasm for slashing the Quango state and besides, a compliant ACPO could be as useful to them as it has been to NuLabour. At best this is pointless pre-election bluster. At worst it's a coded signal warning ACPO to prepare plans for operating under a new regime.

Post a comment