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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Who guards the guards?

Posted by davidburbage on September 24, 2008

Quoting Marx (that’s Gary, not Karl) from MIT

In the first century the Roman poet Juvenal asked “quis custodiet ipsos custodes” (“who guards the guards?”) There are few questions of greater practical or theoretical import. .. But the issue has special poignancy and symbolism when it involves organizations whose primary goal is creating, interpreting or enforcing law.

The Council has been keen to respond to the Policing Green Paper, and Cabinet tomorrow agrees a response. We’re backing – well the papers propose backing – the elected local policeman, whether a sheriff or other representative rather than endorse the remote police authority rep that the feeble Labour Govt are proposing. Quite apart from anything, electing one member of a > 30 member tri-county force authority is hardly localism in action or bringing police accountability to local people.

Coincidentally, familiar face Elizabeth Truss (from the Reform think tank) whom I met whilst campaigning in Wraysbury some years ago, writes on the subject last week in the Sunday Telegraph. She writes“The police should be made directly accountable through the abolition of national targets and controls and the election instead of local justice commissioners, responsible for policing, prosecution, legal aid and correctional services within a local authority area. These commissioners would be directly elected every four years, with operationally independent forces accountable to them.”


We think similarly (whatever the name of the position) – and having local police bosses embedded in the local democratic process, alongside the local authority, is the best place to have them to bring back confidence and control to the public that are being served.

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