The former chief inspector of prisons Dame Anne Owers has been appointed to lead the independent police watchdog.Oh, great! I mean, it’s not as if she was a complete disaster in her last role, is it?
While chief inspector of prisons, Owers gained a formidable reputation and produced a series of hard-hitting, critical reports.Or soft, left-wing ‘let’s all be nice to the criminal classes’ reports. YMMV...
The appointment of the new chair comes after months in which the IPCC has seemed at times rudderless, with some insiders complaining of a lack of leadership.If you were complaining before, you’ll have a lot to complain about now!
Owers's appointment amounts to a straight – albeit very protracted – job swap with the former IPCC chair Hardwick, who took over as chief inspector of prisons in 2010 following his departure from the police watchdog.It’s just musical chairs for these people, isn’t it?