Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sure things?

Want some fun? How about a little analysis of that Police Foundation research on voting patterns and Police and Crime Commissioner elections that TopOfTheCops featured yesterday? Let’s use it to pick out say, the ten best bets for Labour candidates … Continue reading

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This is not normal politics

Today, I found myself in the environs of Westminster and, on College Green, a film crew were patiently seeking to record a scene with some of the cast from “The Thick Of It” while people like me got in the … Continue reading

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Parties and pasties

Devon and Cornwall police have a special significance to me, as I spent a summer in their care before my final year at university, observing policing in Torquay and surrounds, as well as at the headquarters in Exeter. My memory … Continue reading

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Highlights from draft Police and Crime Commissioner election rules

I understand that the draft rules for the Police and Crime Commissioners are currently with Police Authorities, the Electoral Commission and other consultees. Once again, you can search for draft legislation at legislation.gov.uk, where it is supposed to be, and … Continue reading

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The dog that didn’t bite

While everyone was looking the other way at the Home Secretary’s warm initial response to Winsor part 2, and his own by-now-ritual promise to toughen-up community sentences, the Justice Secretary put out a consultation on the future of probation. It … Continue reading

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Police Authorities – are they really invisible?

One of the reasons Police Authorities are being replaced is because of their alleged invisibility. No-one knows who they are. On a recent Sunday Politics North West debate, none of the participants could name a single member of Lancashire Police … Continue reading

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Weekend Update, Part 2- 25 March 2012

The how-many-days-till-TopOfTheCops-election scandal continues. On Saturday we revealed a seven day discrepancy between the wait till the election given by the Association of Police Authorities and that given by CREST Advisory. The latter, who obviously work weekends, have been in … Continue reading

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Weekend Update Part 1 – 24 March 2012

Is time moving a little quicker these days? I know I’m writing this before the clocks spring forward, but a tweet at the beginning of the week from the Association of Police Authorities about their transition seminar began with “246 … Continue reading

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Tal Michael’s perspective on the Budget 2012

Tal Michael gives his personal perspective on the Budget, having recently stood down from being Chief Executive of the Police Authority in North Wales, where he hopes to be the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner. If you have … Continue reading

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Make the vote!

As further proof that Lancashire is the connected part of the Police and Crime Commissioner world, see this video from Lancashire Police Authority. I say ‘further’ in reference to Blackpool Councillor Chris Maughan’s ’666′ and other videos. Chris sadly didn’t … Continue reading

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