As a former Civil Service Commissioner, I had close association with police matters arising from the introduction and running of procedures of higher grade selection. Underlying the questions of regional or national forces (including the impact of the two miners' strikes, relationships with local authorities and further amalgamations) must be the stance on what is eventually a matter of philosophy - 'What do we want the police for?'
The answer lies somewhere between two poles: the conviction of a former Lord Chief Justice that the role of the police is to deal with 'real crime', and that of men such as John Alderson that the police, in addition, form one of our vital social services.
K. A. MURRAY
18 JanuaryReuse content