20 Mar 13
A few months ago, across the nation, not just in the centre of the universe here in Warwick, an election took place. This election was for us citizens to put in place a police commissioner into our local forces.
He or she was meant to be the link between the public and the Chief Constable of the force. Anyway the election happened which incidentally confused a lot of us because you could vote your first choice then your second. In this confusion the independent candidate, Mr Ron Ball eventually elected to the post here in Warwickshire.Nice guy, may or may not do a good job who knows, lets just see shall we.
Currently Mr Ball is banging away on his calculator trying to balance the books and somehow provide us with a better force. Currently there are approximately 850 police officers in our fair county. He of course wants to add more. Good on him you cheer. Hooray more coppers on the beat. But hold on there. He intends to recruit more “Specials” and PCO’s. These are not the same, especially the PCO’s. They can’t actually arrest anyone. So what’s the real point in employing powerless PCO’s? His energy and financial resources would be more wisely spent in ways to find out why more than 7% of the Warwickshire County Police Force are on long term sick leave. Yes, 7% on long term sick!
Imagine if the company that you own or work for had a long term sickness record like that. This is where his effort should be directed. A 50% improvement on long term sick would equate to about 30 officers back at work who could actually arrest criminals.
When asked, Mr Ball couldn’t answer a question from a small business owner; “Do you feel that the business community get good value for their 20% contribution?” Mr Ball is still looking for his calculator before he can answer that one.
Since posting this article their has been a development. Now I understand why Mr Ball was having trouble with his finances.