"As we approach the end of 2014, I have been asking the question ‘Why is there a sense of dissatisfaction with the political system on offer across the UK today?’ Is it because politics is seen to be ‘done to us’ rather than ‘done with us’? There is a call for more devolved power from central government in Westminster to local communities, indicating that people are not happy with the way national government can influence our lives. Local politicians, and other community leaders, have a far greater understanding of the expectations, needs and possibilities in their communities.
The concept of a police service preventing crime in communities has its origins in local ‘parish constables’, and local people wanting to protect their communities in a manner and style they wished to see. However, we are living at a time when national politicians are lacking the vision to see the damage being done to local democracy, and the fabric of our society, by reduced public confidence in their ability to deliver genuine localism to our communities.
The Home Office imposes one size fits all policies on policing, telling police forces what they must and mustn’t do, restricting the ability of local forces to deliver the full expectations of the public whom they serve. What is clear is that national governments cannot deliver locally.
I am asking the public for their views regarding the policing budget and the contribution they are prepared to make in the council tax precept. We will be holding a consultation event in February and there is an online survey (below) to enable as many people as possible to comment. I will also be out and about in our communities to speak to as many people as possible about this important issue and the impacts on local policing.
Wishing you and your families Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year,"
Simon Hayes, hampshire-pcc-gov.uk
East Hampshire's new Chief Inspector Beth Pirie attends PANWA Committee meeting.
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