As hard as it may be, imagine that Theresa May was a minister of powerful intellect, political commitment and imagination. Imagine that in forming measures to tackle local, neighbourhood problems she looked to local, neighbourhood solutions rather than to formulaic, costly, central Statist, ineffective and offensive blanket laws that will make little difference. But no. Any minister who believes that the tidiness of folks' front gardens is a legitimate matter of concern for the nation's Home Secretary is so far beyond rationality as to be lost wholly to the siren voices of Whitehall.
We don't need elected Police Commissioners. We needs Parish Constables and more JPs.
The Parish Constable, or High Constable, was a citizen whose affairs had reached a certain financial equilibrium, at least enough for him to perform the duties of this unpaid office for a year. Either elected by ratepayers or appointed by the local bench of JPs, the office would rotate between miller, innkeeper, yeoman, smith and bootmaker. The modern equivalent would be men or women with the full power of constables in uniform within their own parish who would lead all matters of bread and butter policing in their patch. It was never popular; those who did their turn as high constables did so out of duty rather than will, and it was a sign of a man's political and social maturity when he did his stint, on call 24/7 for a year. Any abuse of power would be paid-back by neighbours when the protection of the office ended, but successive high constables would protect their predecessors from revenge by those justly prosecuted however wealthy or locally influential.
Together with a local bench of JPs who licensed the inns and disposed of all non-indictable offences, with the flexibility to apply the Law of England as local circumstances allowed, the high constable formed a basis of public order that worked very well until industrialisation made metropolitan parishes too populous to manage, and the Met was created in London before the old rural parishes were radically sub-divided into the new Metropolitan ones.