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The wait is over..

February 7, 2006

It’s been a long time coming, must be at least a month since some mind-cripplingly stupid and complicated legislation has been churned out by the Labour law makers.

The Police and Justice Bill promises to:

  • improve policing standards
  • give people the tools to tackle anti-social behaviour in their communities
  • strengthen police powers to deal with anti-social behaviour.

These are quotes from the Home Office site, not my views!

Have a read of it. You can see that Hazel and Charlie have been burning the midnight oil to get this one out. Improving policing standards can be translated as meaning giving more power to people who aren’t police officers.

The tools to tackle anti-social behaviour are parenting orders. Have the Government not realised yet that parents are part of the problem, not the solution? (I got that from Die Hard – Bruce Willis would have had a much easier time if he could get an ASBO on all those international terrorists)

It also means that there are a whole new load of Inspectors who are going to come in and tell us what a crap job we are doing and how we need to focus on targets or some other nonsense.

Another good one – if you’ve got a collection of kiddie porn, we can take it off you, along with other stuff.

I’m bored with it now, because I’ve got to the bit about policing plans and objectives.

I don’t need to read it to know that somehow, the job isn’t going to get any easier.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Merys permalink
    February 9, 2006 18:04

    SO the question is… will it make any difference, or will it make your life more difficult?

  2. Stan Still permalink
    February 9, 2006 18:13

    I’ve been a police officer for 13 years and I’m still waiting for a Home Secretary to introduce a law that makes my job easier. Many have given us more powers, but have then handcuffed us with a set of bureaucratic manacles to prevent anyone actually making use of the powers.

    Given the track record of the current Government, there isn’t much chance of this Act being any better.

  3. Lennie Briscoe permalink
    February 9, 2006 23:49

    They seem to legislate when there is no need to. If they want to help us, they need to cut beaurocracy, cut custody waiting times…sort out the cps.. sort out all the IT systems..heck. Might be easier to start over?

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