Weymouth engineer calls for PCCs to be adandoned to give people more information

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VOTING for the PCCs should be abandoned and people given more information.

That’s the view of a retired engineer from Weymouth who considered standing for the job but is instead calling for a debate.

Frederick Leppington gained an insight into police and court procedure when his son was attacked and the case went to trial.

It prompted him to write a manifesto, calling for among other things police officers to be put back on the streets and for victim input to be taken into account when police discuss cases with prosecutors.

But he rethought putting his name forward in the elections, deciding the odds would be stacked against him as an independent candidate.

Mr Leppington, 69, has written to Prime Minister David Cameron with his concerns.

He believes there is confusion because voters don’t know about the role. He also wonders why such a high salary is being paid and suggests there are many unanswered questions about the job.

Mr Leppington said: “No-one had heard about these elections until a few weeks ago.”

His friend William Reeks added: “In New York there is a police commissioner who is a powerful manager but here you would have someone in an advisory role, which seems useless to me.”

In response to concerns raised about the PCC elections, a Home Office spokesman said: “Police and Crime Commissioners will be the most significant democratic reform of policing ever, giving the public a real say in how their communities are policed. Any turnout will confer a better democratic mandate than the current invisible police authorities.”

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12:52pm Wed 14 Nov 12

cecilbdoomil says...

No confusion mate, you need to be cherry picked right , that's all. You don't seriously think just anyone could be elected into a role that has any real power do you? You will find the role has little real teeth, a bit like the recent request for people to monitor Councillor standards, it had .bugger all power with it.

The little Chairman Mao's and greed merchants we have in our civil service don't want an independent coming along and accidentally picking the scab off a mountain of corruption, incompetence and agenda shoveling do they?

Wise up, what do you think this is, a democracy?
No confusion mate, you need to be cherry picked right , that's all. You don't seriously think just anyone could be elected into a role that has any real power do you? You will find the role has little real teeth, a bit like the recent request for people to monitor Councillor standards, it had .bugger all power with it. The little Chairman Mao's and greed merchants we have in our civil service don't want an independent coming along and accidentally picking the scab off a mountain of corruption, incompetence and agenda shoveling do they? Wise up, what do you think this is, a democracy? cecilbdoomil
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1:00pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hateignorance says...

Came across this site - if you want to find out about the PCC candidates look no further - http://www.dorseteye
.com/south
Came across this site - if you want to find out about the PCC candidates look no further - http://www.dorseteye .com/south Hateignorance
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1:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Isosceles says...

How are PCCs 'adandoned'?
How are PCCs 'adandoned'? Isosceles
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3:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Chav_Scum says...

Hateignorance wrote:
Came across this site - if you want to find out about the PCC candidates look no further - http://www.dorseteye

.com/south
I see they didn't have Underhill interview King - probably best, as he has tore him apart on his site/blog the last couple of weeks!
[quote][p][bold]Hateignorance[/bold] wrote: Came across this site - if you want to find out about the PCC candidates look no further - http://www.dorseteye .com/south[/p][/quote]I see they didn't have Underhill interview King - probably best, as he has tore him apart on his site/blog the last couple of weeks! Chav_Scum
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