Hugh Orde, capo di capi of the secretive private police organisation ACPO, has made no secret of his wish for a national police force under central government control. His opposition to the democratisation of the police is a matter of record. He was also one of the shortlist of four the last time we appointed a new Met Commissioner; that time, the now-tainted Paul Stephenson got the job. However, ACPO is coming under increasing government scrutiny. From October this year they will be liable to full disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. They have also screwed up royally with the NPOIU, the dodgy secret state surveillance and agent provocateur organisation they set up. This was dismantled by Cameron's government, with the tasks given to mainstream (and accountable) police forces and an Inquiry ordered to be undertaken by Her Majesty's Inspectorate into their conduct and probity.
Interestingly, the man heading up that Inquiry into misdoings by ACPO is none other than Bernard Hogan-Howe, Merseyside Chief Constable and also a former shortlisted candidate for the Commissioner's job. He is due to report on ACPO's activities this Summer; it will be interesting in the extreme to see whether ACPO's NPOIU used phone hacking along with all their other dodgy and illegal bugging methods, and indeed whether there is evidence of ACPO members corruptly tipping the press off about their operations. The fourth candidate for the 2008 successor to the disgraced Iain Blair was Paul Scott-Lee. He left his job as West Midlands Chief Constable in 2009.
No doubt fresh candidates may emerge in the coming weeks for the successor to Stephenson's job. But please, please let the winner be anyone but Orde.