|Sir Hugh Orde, President of ACPO|
The Home Secretary has Cameron on a short lead and as a compromise solution Bill Bratton is to be appointed to an advisory position, for which he will not be paid.
I have a liking of Bill Bratton that's born out of respect. Its difficult not to have respect for such an accomplished police officer, manager, and leader. His wealth of knowledge and experience is unprecedented in the UK and his offer to advise our government on policing issues is an opportunity that i am afraid is going to be missed due a defensive attitude by our senior police officers.
Today ACPO boss, Sir Hugh Orde, has made it clear that he is unimpressed with the appointment and to some extent I tend to agree with him. Our police chiefs are a proud bunch...and rightly so. They are the best of the best, and I say that without hesitation. But we are entering a period of high unemployment, high social tension, and ever increasing poverty. It's been 25 years since we have had riots of the kind we had last week, and in planning for such situations it makes sense to take advice. The global pooling of police intelligence, knowledge, experiences, advice, policy and tactics makes sense, and i see Bratton's appointment as a tentative step in the direction of global interoperability...something that is way overdue.
There is one characteristic of our chiefs that always make me proud to be a police officer, and that's turning a negative into a positive. Despite how they might feel, Bill Bratton does represent a resource of skills and knowledge that can be picked at to improve how we work.
Hugh Orde makes the point that Bratton is experienced in policing a very different criminal element. He says that the styles of policing "are fundamentally different from [the uk]".
Its my turn to be unimpressed now...Hugh Orde is not behaving how i would expect a police chief to behave. He is setting himself up for a conflict between the police service and the government. A conflict that could damage the relationship between police and government, and make the 'Bratton opportunity (Part 2)' worthless.
Despite how poorly the Bratton opportunity (Part 2) has been managed by the government, it's a chance for Hugh Orde et.al. to show the police service has it's ego in check, and is still a service that learns.
What's 'the Bratton Opportunity Part 1'?...Boris's unfinished business Take a trip to the discussion forum to find out the gory political details.