Yet More Red Tape

Swapping bureaucratic accountability for democratic accountability.

One of the subjects available to Uniformed Public Service students to research and report on, as part of their Unit 1 Government Policy Studies, is the policy of cutting red tape in the public services.  In particular within the police in order to free up officer time.  It could be assumed that the arguments are relatively straightforward on the grounds of greater efficiency quite apart from any question of reducing crime or fear of crime.

However, Theresa May's apparent 'set to' with senior police officers at the recent Association of Chief Police Officers annual conference at Harrogate, seems to suggest that not all the battles have been won.

So, what might otherwise seem achievable, remains elusive to this government  in the same way that it did to its' predecessors, thus providing plenty of scope for further research into the reasons why this proposed reform seems so impossible to achieve in practice.

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