Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A return to single beat patrols?

The Daily Telegraph reports that the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, wants police to walk their beats alone, rather than always being expected to go around in pairs.

I very much welcome this change of attitude, which could result in better use of resources and help move away from the politically correct and risk averse approach that climaxed under the leadership of the previous commissioner, Sir Ian Blair. The new commissioner seems to have an encouragingly robust approach to policing, preferring the term 'police force' to 'police service'. I hope that his influence spreads across the country.

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