Police authority should remain

THE past week has seen reports about the political parties starting to pick their candidates for election to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The problem is nobody has asked the public whether we want to replace the current police authority made up of members from around the county with a single person on an £80,000 per year salary.

Can one person represent the views of the population of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight better than the 17 members of the police authority? I don’t think so.

I suggest that when we have the election on November 15, an extra box is added to the form to enable the public to reject the position of PCC.

If more than 50 per cent of the total votes cast are for rejection then we should keep the existing police authority.

DAVID SHERWOOD, Chandler’s Ford.

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11:07am Thu 7 Jun 12

On the inside says...

Fully agree and I hear the same view from members of both political parties.
Fully agree and I hear the same view from members of both political parties. On the inside
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11:59am Thu 7 Jun 12

Linesman says...

The old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" springs to mind.

I thought that the government had pledged to reduce quangos, and this is just another unwanted appointment that is costing a lot of money to hold an election and to fund the one who is elected.
The old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" springs to mind. I thought that the government had pledged to reduce quangos, and this is just another unwanted appointment that is costing a lot of money to hold an election and to fund the one who is elected. Linesman
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8:45pm Sun 10 Jun 12

SotonGreen says...

I agree I see no clamour for this at all. Indeed it is profoundly anti-democratic both in concept (17 councillors down to one individual) and in execution (£5000 deposit needed to even stand).

All in all I doubt we will be fielding a candidate and I will be personally advising people not to vote in the election as a protest against an imposed and unwanted concept.
I agree I see no clamour for this at all. Indeed it is profoundly anti-democratic both in concept (17 councillors down to one individual) and in execution (£5000 deposit needed to even stand). All in all I doubt we will be fielding a candidate and I will be personally advising people not to vote in the election as a protest against an imposed and unwanted concept. SotonGreen
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