This is what Chris Grayling said about ACPO in January this year when he took over as Shadow Home Secretary.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has long been part of a formal “tripartite system” that also includes elected police authorities and Home Office ministers.
Grayling indicated that he would scrap this structure, which has given chief constables a guaranteed place in decision making. He also made it clear that they would have to work hard to earn his trust if he became home secretary.
“No particular representative organisation should have a privileged position,” said Grayling. “You talk to everybody but you listen with a sceptical ear.”
It now turns out in my own neck of the woods we have our own privatised cops.The South-West own little ACPO.
We have a situation here where Labour have effectively allowed the Police to privatise themselves, take control of Anti-terrorism, Counter Insurgency and Policing, make shed loads of cash, and in their usual Cameronian Policy Void, the Tories have said thats OK then.
ACPO needs closing down along with SOUTHWEST ONE, a Public enquiry held as to the circumstances that has allowed this to happen and who is benefitting.
Ian Parker-Joseph Leader of the LPUK has spent nearly two years researching this, and is now turning his attention to ACPO Scotland. When Ian started looking into this, he was called a conspiracy nut, two years on the Mail is running the story in the Sunday's.
If you give people power over you, they will use it. The only way to combat this Stygian Stable of corruption, is to commit to elected Chief Constables on five year terms.