Listen to those who care about conduct in society
WHEN we talk about early police promotions it is easy to forget about the bobbies who never get above the rank of sergeant but who serve the public with unstinting devotion.
There was a spate of early promotions to high police rank in the 1960s. Chief superintendent at 29 or 30 and assistant chief constable by early 30s was not uncommon. Not all were seen as a success in the long term. Ten years on, a number had got bored, or gone brain dead, allegedly!
A lot of senior police management involves long hours in committee. Young men grow bored easily and find rapport difficult with elected representatives of more senior generations. The floors of the Home Office and police committees are littered with failed "whizzy" schemes.
Serving the best interests of the public with a policing system is not easy. A one size fits all approach will not work.
A lot of people still care about proper conduct in all areas of society. We should try listening to some of them.