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Keep politics away from our police forces
11:11am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Salisbury Letters
IT WOULD appear from conversations I have had with others that almost no one is going to bother to vote for a police commissioner on November 15.
This is either because of apathy or that there is strong opposition to the considerable costly expense of publicising and organising the election.
It could also be due to the extremely high salaries to be paid to the commissioners and, notably, the danger of placing into the hands of one unknown person such wide ranging powers in regulating and placing their personal/political stamp upon the operation of our local police service.
The current unelected police authorities may not be perfect but they are usually made up of people from different backgrounds and political persuasions which should provide reasonable checks and counterbalances against extreme and outlandish ideas.
It is an arrangement that has served us well for decades so why change it now?
For those of us who are opposed to the politicalisation of our police force, and giving just one person such tremendous powers, may I suggest that we do not stay at home on November 15 but go to our polling station and place a great big NO across the names of all of the candidates listed?
This is the only democratic way we will have of showing our protest. If there are more spoilt ballot papers than votes cast for the candidates surely the Government will have to think again?
ALAN SCOTFORD, Chippenham