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Techie1 posted a topic in Police Oracle FeaturesDamian Green given prominent Cabinet post. Brandon Lewis has won promotion The Policing and Fire Minister post is now vacant, following the promotion of Brandon Lewis to a more senior role. The Great Yarmouth MP who fared well in the General Election unlike many of his Conservative Party colleagues – increasing his majority – is now Immigration Minister in the Home Office. During the election campaign he appeared at the Police Federation Conference in Birmingham – where delegates groaned at his claims that crime is down and that police officer numbers are not the Home Office’s responsibility. In an article for The Times today, he writes: "I have worked closely with Mrs May; her steely determination in turbulent times is one of her great strengths and that’s what we need right now. "I believe she needs to stay on as our prime minister." One of his predecessors in the role, Damian Green, has been promoted to First Secretary of State, effectively making him Theresa May’s deputy. Amber Rudd remains Home Secretary, while David Lidington has taken over from Liz Truss as Justice Secretary. It is not yet known when a new Policing Minister will be chosen. View on Police Oracle
Traditionally the role of the Police Officer was always supposed to be without Political bias. A principle I heartily agree with, however as we all know, the introduction of the PCC's placed a politician, quite often affiliated with a financially sponsoring party firmly at the head of each Constabulary. So in essence Policing has become politicised..... Now that all said in my force we have been reminded that we are not to pass any prejudicial comment in social media that might seek to sway the opinions of anyone deciding who to vote for in the PCC election... Does anyone else think that it just isn't right to say on the one hand that the strategic direction and budgetary allocations for Policing is now a political issue and therefore Police Officers who are directly governed by those policies are excluded from commenting on them. Surely it's like gagging Drs and nurses about telling the public what happens in the NHS.... Anyway it just smacks of having your cake and eating it in a rather corrupt manner to me.... HMS
You know I am a mere Police Officer. I have some notable powers that can admittedly seriously effect (for both good and bad) the lives of individual members of the public and their families. I am not insensible to this and approach it with the respect it deserves. I also accept that because I have these powers a very high standard of moral and ethical behaviour is expected of me. Unlike other professions if I was to break the law it is entirely likely I would lose my job and pension because of it. I accept this, and there have been times I admit that had I not been a Police Officer there are people who would have suffered summary justice at my hands had my career and pension not been at stake. It is entirely likely that even were I to break the law in a non dishonest way-Borderline drink drive by inadvertent over consumption I could lose my job. So I have to ask -If all that applies to me, why not to those who serve in Parliament. These people have real power-Much more than me and yet they can commit crime- Their dishonesty and or unpleasantness, violence or predatory nature be fully exposed and yet continue as before. Politics has been filthy in its corruption for years with PM after PM vowing to clear it up and then throwing a fresh tin of whitewash over Parliament until the next time the tip of the iceberg protrudes into the public eye. Being a politician has become synomonous with dishonesty- "Lies like a Politician" being an accepted phrase. Isn't it about time the public said, No more convicted criminals in Parliament? It wont cure the problem but if fear of losing my job stayed my hand I'm sure it will stop the more sensible of them. HMS