COMMENT - A waste of money?

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WHILE it cannot be denied that the role of police commissioner is an important role, especially given the stringent times we find ourselves in, it seems hard to justify giving hundreds of thousands of pounds to candidates just to put forward an election campaign.

While police officers are losing their jobs alongside support staff, it appears wreckless to throw such money at an election campaign, which smacks of some American popularity contest.

Some would even go so far as to say that they don’t really care who wins the election and how many salaries of front line officers could £350,000 pay for?