Police to remove

WILTSHIRE Police is undertaking a review of the force hierarchy to try to reduce bureaucracy, and the first decision to be made is to remove the rank of chief inspector.

Other senior ranks among both officers and staff are also under review, but no jobs are under threat as the force intends to rely on a natural turnover of staff over a period of time.

The move comes amid cuts to the police budget imposed by Government that will see the force having to cut £15m from its £106m annual budget by 2015 and a further six per cent by 2016. Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said the aim is to “provide our communities with the best possible service and protect them from harm” and that to continue to do so the force needs to be “bold, innovative and courageous in the way we approach policing”.

He said he believes the best starting point is to look at the way the organisation is structures and to see if the hierarchy can be streamlined while still maintaining service to the public.

“It’s important that we are able to react quickly and effectively when the public need us – part of that relates to the technology we use but a bigger part is around the human side of things,” he said.

The primary goals of the current review are to create a flatter organisation, where frontline officers and staff are more empowered to make decisions in the best interests of the public, and to help the Force protect frontline policing numbers.

“Clearly the removal of any rank structures, whether they are police officer or police staff, requires careful and considered management,” said Mr Geenty. “This is not something that we can achieve overnight nor would we want to. It will start with the removal of the chief inspector rank but we will be reviewing other senior police officer and staff ranks and roles too.

“The force has no immediate plans to use forced exit procedures for the officers involved and we will instead be relying on natural turnover over a longer period of time.

“We’ll be working closely with the individuals concerned throughout this process, as we will their staff associations, to ensure that the new structure is robust, resilient and utilises the expertise and knowledge of the current incumbents.”

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8:13pm Fri 27 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

Will they be considering the latest addition to the bureaucracy, the police and crime commissioner?

Total cost to elect these bureaucrats... £75,000,000
Total cost per vote cast... £14 each vote
Source: The Electoral Reform Society

Wiltshire PCC salary... £70,000 per annum plus expenses +++
Information relating to senior employees of the Office and Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon:
Job title: Chief Executive
Responsibilities: H
ead of Paid Services, Monitoring Officer and Legal Adviser
Salary: £93,004

Source: OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON

Details of total amount spent us expense claims can be found at...
http://www.wiltshire
-pcc.gov.uk/Transpar
ency/Transparency.as
px

The standard sum of money bandied about when closing police stations across the country is £500,000 so why don't we use this standard sum of money to show how much we could save if we dumped this unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.
Will they be considering the latest addition to the bureaucracy, the police and crime commissioner? Total cost to elect these bureaucrats... £75,000,000 Total cost per vote cast... £14 each vote Source: The Electoral Reform Society Wiltshire PCC salary... £70,000 per annum plus expenses +++ Information relating to senior employees of the Office and Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon: Job title: Chief Executive Responsibilities: H ead of Paid Services, Monitoring Officer and Legal Adviser Salary: £93,004 Source: OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON Details of total amount spent us expense claims can be found at... http://www.wiltshire -pcc.gov.uk/Transpar ency/Transparency.as px The standard sum of money bandied about when closing police stations across the country is £500,000 so why don't we use this standard sum of money to show how much we could save if we dumped this unnecessary layer of bureaucracy. karlmarx

12:41pm Mon 30 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

'Police to remove' the local police and crime commissioner?
Hope so, just look at the savings that could be made.
'Police to remove' the local police and crime commissioner? Hope so, just look at the savings that could be made. karlmarx

7:46am Tue 31 Dec 13

karlmarx says...

'police to remove' the fallacy that PCCs were wanted by the electorate...

Let's remind ourselves how underwhelmingly popular PCCs were and, the actual reason for their creation...

"David Cameron suffered a humiliating blow on Friday when his plans to democratise the police were met by overwhelming voter indifference, with the lowest ever turnout in a national poll threatening to undermine the new elected commissioners' legitimacy.

Many of the powerful police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the 41 forces across England and Wales outside London were elected by only 7% of those eligible to vote, with turnout averaging 15% – below the previous 24% low recorded in the 1999 European elections. At one polling station, in Newport, Gwent, no voters turned up at all on Thursday."

Words like 'lowest ever turnout in a national poll', and 'resounding victory with 7% of the vote' not forgetting the polling station in Newport Gwent where none of the population thought that PCCs were worth a minute of their time, nobody voted at all, not one person.
So, why were these 'much needed commissioners' installed?
Well, it's simple, if every person in every town and city in the UK took time to check to see if their police station was still there, their number of officers was more, not less and, the crime rates were dropping instead of rising they would conclude that the PCCs are there to smooth the process of national government cuts, nothing else, that's all, simple clever and effective. Job done! Well, in Wiltshire, one of the 9 jobs done!
'police to remove' the fallacy that PCCs were wanted by the electorate... Let's remind ourselves how underwhelmingly popular PCCs were and, the actual reason for their creation... "David Cameron suffered a humiliating blow on Friday when his plans to democratise the police were met by overwhelming voter indifference, with the lowest ever turnout in a national poll threatening to undermine the new elected commissioners' legitimacy. Many of the powerful police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the 41 forces across England and Wales outside London were elected by only 7% of those eligible to vote, with turnout averaging 15% – below the previous 24% low recorded in the 1999 European elections. At one polling station, in Newport, Gwent, no voters turned up at all on Thursday." Words like 'lowest ever turnout in a national poll', and 'resounding victory with 7% of the vote' not forgetting the polling station in Newport Gwent where none of the population thought that PCCs were worth a minute of their time, nobody voted at all, not one person. So, why were these 'much needed commissioners' installed? Well, it's simple, if every person in every town and city in the UK took time to check to see if their police station was still there, their number of officers was more, not less and, the crime rates were dropping instead of rising they would conclude that the PCCs are there to smooth the process of national government cuts, nothing else, that's all, simple clever and effective. Job done! Well, in Wiltshire, one of the 9 jobs done! karlmarx

11:28am Wed 1 Jan 14

Grampie says...

I see we have the same old thumbs down for every article that Karl posts, but they do not try to counteract his comments
I see we have the same old thumbs down for every article that Karl posts, but they do not try to counteract his comments Grampie

1:44pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Grampie says...

Grampie wrote:
I see we have the same old thumbs down for every article that Karl posts, but they do not try to counteract his comments
I only got three thumbs down this time. Come on folks you can do better than that.

Why can't you summon up enough to give me minus nine like Karl gets?
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: I see we have the same old thumbs down for every article that Karl posts, but they do not try to counteract his comments[/p][/quote]I only got three thumbs down this time. Come on folks you can do better than that. Why can't you summon up enough to give me minus nine like Karl gets? Grampie

9:40am Fri 3 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Grampie wrote:
I see we have the same old thumbs down for every article that Karl posts, but they do not try to counteract his comments
Perhaps there isn't any counter argument? They never join in any debates or even try to justify their actions. If only all of life's problems could be solved by -1 life would be so much better. However, reality means taking the time and effort to research and uncover the truth behind the preposterous and ludicrous claims being made by the Tory government.
Dozens and dozens of reputable, respectable and reliable sources of information have been systematically ignored with the standard Tory response of -1. I even tried it myself with the 'if voting negatively will reduce energy and food bills I will do it too', I did but my energy and food prices are still just as high, it doesn't work. It might work in Tory la la land though!
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: I see we have the same old thumbs down for every article that Karl posts, but they do not try to counteract his comments[/p][/quote]Perhaps there isn't any counter argument? They never join in any debates or even try to justify their actions. If only all of life's problems could be solved by -1 life would be so much better. However, reality means taking the time and effort to research and uncover the truth behind the preposterous and ludicrous claims being made by the Tory government. Dozens and dozens of reputable, respectable and reliable sources of information have been systematically ignored with the standard Tory response of -1. I even tried it myself with the 'if voting negatively will reduce energy and food bills I will do it too', I did but my energy and food prices are still just as high, it doesn't work. It might work in Tory la la land though! karlmarx

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