There was a
press release today on behalf of the ACPO, (Association of Chief Police Officers),
with regard to wanting the current period of detention without charge extended
to 90 days.
In the press
release by Ken Jones ACPO President, said:
“ACPO made the
judgement in 2005 that the police should have the power to detain suspects
without charge for up to three months as a reflection of the experience of
expert investigators in the field. It was informed by the continuing trend of
increasingly complex cases, and the huge volume of material we are discovering.
must seek to develop consensus. We must all, in further developing policy in
this area and on behalf of the public, avoid polarising positions.”
release shows quite unequivocally that the Police have at senior levels become
a political organisation, deciding for themselves that they should have powers,
and getting involved in party politic policy making in order to obtain them.
Let me be very
clear about where I stand on this.
The Police forces
of this country are public servants, and are there to police the laws of this
land. They are not there to be involved in party politics, nor are they allowed
to influence politicians or policy.
that, and they alone.
have indicated that all the terror related arrests to date have been the
subject of individuals or groups who have been under surveillance for periods
in excess of 6 months.
It beggars belief
that in that six month period, enough evidence has not been gathered, along
with a detention period of 28 days in order to bring any charges.
An extension to
90 days for detention without charge requires much much more than a ‘judgement’,
as protecting my freedom does not require the loss of freedom to achieve.
If this nation is
not to be seen by the world as a police state, if this
nation is not to be seen by its own people as a police state, then the police
forces of this nation need to begin policing, not politicking.
We know that
politicians find it convenient to use the police, to require them to make
arrests at opportune times to suit their ends, but there is no reason to deny
anyone their liberty in order to make up for lack of investigation or funding.
The Police forces
need to be independent and separate themselves from government, and not fall
into the same category as other organs of government which have become little
more than politically motivated management consultants.
KEEP THE POLICE
OUT OF POLITICS.