Letter to John Reid

This item from Johnno,
an ex police officer who decided to resign the force in order to campaign for
better policing, Real Policing.  You can
sign up to his growing campaign here.

Johnno spent three
and a half years as a uniformed officer in Sussex, who originally joined the
job in order to make a difference by investigating, detecting and, most
importantly, preventing crime, but eventually, like the 6,000 other officers who
have resigned over the past 2 years realised that the only way to make a
difference was on the outside. Click here to read more about Johnno, and read his blog here

Today, he sends
an open letter to John Reid, the Home Secretary, which I republish here.


Dear Doctor Reid, 

I read with eager
anticipation the news story on
6th April, 2007, entitled 'Clampdown on knives and
phone theft,'  which outlined new measures to combat gun and knife crime,
mobile phone robberies and hooliganism.  

The story
explained the new powers given to police and trading standards officers
under parts of the 2006 Violent Crime
Reduction Act.  There is no doubt that legislation
is a pre-requisite in dealing with the offences which it criminalises
but is of little use if police officers are not readily on the streets to
enforce it.  

Depending on
which statistic you choose to believe, Sir, how much of an effect do
you consider one in fifty eight police officers on patrol at any one time
is going to have enforcing your new legislation?  How
effective are a third of police officers who are tied to their desks due
to paperwork going to be at exercising their new powers?  How
effective is the officer who has to spend an average of ten hours and
six minutes dealing with a single prisoner in custody going to be in
preventing such crimes of theft, robbery and hooliganism?

Do you truly
believe that legislation alone is going to combat the problem? 
Legislation is merely one tool in an utterly useless box if there is
no law enforcement officer readily available to exercise the power the
legislation provides.   

You have once
again failed to address the issue in its entirety and your solution merely
addresses part of the problem.  The lack of a visible police
presence has created the opportunity for violent crime to flourish to its
current proportions despite your assertions that police numbers have never been

Your legislation,
without a visible police presence to enforce it, will neither deter,
prevent, reassure nor punish.    

If that were not
enough, you have the audacity to extol your
Government's interference and shambolic mismanagement of the police
force by stating that this current legislation builds on the solid
foundations laid by it to tackle violent crime and disorder on our

For every law-abiding citizen
in this country, every person who has signed this petition and every rank
and file officer who serves or has served in the British police force your
words ring hollow.  You continue to insult us and let us down. 

Make no mistake,
Sir, your Government's actions, or lack thereof, rather than building
solid foundations have served only to undermine and destroy them. 


Johnno Hills. 


To join Johnno’s campaign
and sign his petition click here, or print it out
and gather even more signatures. Any help I can give to this campaign is a pleasure. The Real Policing links are also on my sidebar.


NuLab –
from the inside out.


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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