There was probably a chorus of support in Middle England following publication of the Winsor report this week…‘Probably’..?
Why don’t you actually find out if there WAS a ‘chorus of support’?
… which proposed ending the "job for life" culture of the police and opening the way for new recruits with business backgrounds to join senior ranks directly.Put like that, I think I can see why you didn’t.
You knew that ‘Middle England’ is only too well aware what an utter disaster that policy has been in all other public sectors (teaching, for one)…
Overall, the public wants to support the police but is frequently perplexed by what the service is doing; all too often disappointed with police activity (or the lack of it); concerned at the apparent gap that is growing between them and their police; and hungry for change.Do you assume that they are ‘hungry for change’ to the system that you are proposing then?
Winsor's research was immensely detailed and the results are impressive.Well, no. It wasn’t. If it was, why would most of the MSM be concentrating on the ludicrous ‘fitness findings’ and not on the other, far more damaging recommendations?
He argues strongly for raising the initial educational standards for entry above the pitifully low level to which they have sunk in recent years. He recommends an approach similar to that taken by large corporate bodies, the armed forces and others: a robust recruiting programme in Russell Group universities to capture some of the best each year and, with rigorous and demanding training, accelerating some 80 or so annually to the rank of superintendent (think army major, or departmental head in a multinational) after around eight years' service. Within five or eight years, a critical mass should have begun to develop which would be able to effect tangible change.And within five or eight years (don’t you mean ‘between’?) the damage’ll have been done. We've already seen the havoc a policy of recruiting graduates has wreaked on the ranks, as they chase increasingly bizarre 'popular' diktats and social engineering targets, haven't we?
And between fine and eight years you'll have faded into even more obscurity too. Funny, that...
And if we have prided ourselves in the past that the British police system was so good that we could (and did) export our own senior officers to lead police organisations abroad, how can we object if some of those successful in other common-law countries (Australia, New Zealand, the US and others) occasionally seek the top posts here?What stops them now? Certainly they can be consulted, as the recent flirtation with top New York cop Billy Bratton showed.
This review, long overdue, identifies a sensible way ahead. It now requires an equally bold and brave government to seize the opportunity.It’s a pity we don’t have a bold and brave government that’s bold and brave enough to bin this report.