Second, a few details from a leaked report in the Mail. Theresa May is to announce tomorrow the setting up of a national police body under the Home Secretary to deal with serious organised crime. I bet you thought we had one of those already, with SOCA, didn't you? SOCA has been a miserable failure, becoming little more than a comfortable sinecure for bloated police fat-cats. SOCA's chairman, director-general, ten directors and thirty deputy directors succeeded at only one thing; stuffing their mouths with public gold. One of the proximate causes of their utter uselessness was the role of ACPO in managing SOCA. It was just last year that Keith Bristow succeeded Ian Johnson in the ACPO role that oversees SOCA; during Johnson's tenure, SOCA cost the taxpayer £1.2bn and recovered just a few millions in crime funds.
Well, the signs are that May has learned the lesson and will be letting ACPO nowhere near the new NCA. Not only that, but she is planning additionally to strip ACPO of its counter-terrorism oversight role and place this wholly with the new NCA. And about time.
But until the malign and anti-democratic influence of ACPO and its shadowy capi are removed completely from public life in the UK, our chances of creating truly local, efficient and responsive police forces such as that in Edmonton that now employs PC Copperfield are low.