Much criticism has been levied at the change from Police Authorities to Police and Crime Commissioners. We’ve debated the pros and cons of that one many times.
But can someone please tell me what is the point of a youth police and crime commissioner?
Well, apparently, it was intended to act as a way for the force to engage and liaise with young people.
Paris Brown is a 17 year old school leaver who has been appointed to the role by the PCC for Kent, Ann Barnes. She will receive a salary of £15,000 a year when she takes up the role in July ater serving an apprenticeship. The summary will be ‘part funded’ by the £85,000 a year we piss up the wall on her boss – a boss whose judgement must surely be called into question. The rest of the £15,000 will come out of taxes.
Unfortunately, Miss Brown has been engaging with young people on Twitter. In her postings, she talked about wanting to make “hash brownies” and of being high on “so many prescribed drugs” as well as becoming “anti-social, racist and sexist” when drunk.
In one posting two months ago she wrote: “F**cking hell why are the people from Direct Pizza so difficult to talk too!! IT IS CALLED ENGLISH. LEARN IT” while in others she referred to immigrants as “illegals” and travellers as “pikeys.”
Miss Brown said yesterday that her comments had been “naive and stupid” and insisted she had “grown up” since they were made, and Ann Barnes has said she sees no reason for the teenager to be sacked or resign. Her local MP disagrees. So do I.
Anyway, it’s now academic because she has chosen – or was told, I wonder which? – to resign. Of course, the person who should have resigned is Ann Barnes for being so stupid as to appoint her in the first place.
After all, if you were appointing a kid who’s not even old enough to vote to a role engaging with the young, wouldn’t you check her Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts before offering her the job?