Peel back to reveal the answer!

If it reaches the statute book, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, now before Parliament, will introduce something called the Injunction to Prevent Nuisance or Annoyance (Ipna), replacing the Asbo. And so we will have a new acronym for another example of gesture politics masquerading as law enforcement.

We do not want a police force driven by politics and EU directives. A target-driven culture has already infested public bodies during the last decade or so. Police officers are now so busy chasing targets, filling forms and ticking boxes, they have lost contact with the public and are on the verge of distancing themselves from the Peelian principles that used to define and underpin the service.

Community policing relies on factors such as the approachability and visibility of the police. There would be no need for Asbos or Ipnas if politicians would allow the police to operate in accordance with Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing.

In Peel’s words: “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.”

Time for a radical rethink?

About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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