January 2009 Archives

Various mainstream media reports are announcing the Sir Paul Stephenson appointed as Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis i.e. the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

e.g. BBC Stephenson to become new Met boss

The fact the decision to appoint the deputy to the previous Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to the post, has been leaked to the media ahead of the official announcement, sends exactly the wrong signal - it looks like the all too cosy relationship between the Labour Government's media manipulators and the head of Britain's largest Police force is continuing, just as before.

Will Sir Paul continue to be tainted by personal involvement in all of he major cockups and scandals involving the senior ranks of Metropolitan Police under Sir Ian Blair, or will he be able to get back to the fundamental principles of proper policing as espoused by Sir Robert Peel back in the 19th Century:

  • *Every police officer should be issued a badge number, to assure accountability for his actions.
  • Whether the police are effective is not measured on the number of arrests, but on the lack of crime.
  • Above all else, an effective authority figure knows trust and accountability are paramount. Hence, Peel's most often quoted principle: The police are the public and the public are the police.


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