Politicians should not pick top police officers

Commander Ali Dizaei was promoted to the rank of commander only six months before he was suspended and charged with corruption. The Commissioner of the
Metropolitan Police Sir Paul Stephenson is using it to argue that the power to promote top officers rather than the political body where this power currently lies. The Metropolitan Police Authority was too obsessed with political correctness and the benefits of having a coloured officer at such a high position rather than who was best for the job.

Politicians should not pick top police officers
Yes because...

Scotland yard claims that the only reason he was appointed

was that he is black.

Politicians care for image and political correctness but a police commissioner should hold the right and privilege to appoint his own team; since he knows whom he can trust and who has the merit for the job.


No because...

There was no knowing that the said appointee was going to be corrupt; he was appointed based on credentials; the fact that he is black only illuminated his already suitable resume/record.

The politician did not just callously pick some black man walking on the street; this person was qualified,experienced and did not have a history of corruption before his appointment.

The appointment was lucidly based on "operational ability and need"

Politicians should not pick top police officers
Yes because...

Decisions should be made on experience, not political power.

A board of publically elected officials who deal with all sorts of matters surrounding the country’s welfare do not have the hands on experience to make such appointments.

Lord Imbert

The Dizaei case is an example of why the Commissioner should have the ability to choose his own team

. He knows the job in hand, he knows the men he works with and what leadership his officers would respond well too. Board members who sit at a desk like X Factor judges do not have this information, and they can never gain it. They are not part of the team. They do not know the dynamic. This experience is what is needed to make appointments.

No because...

"The judge accepted Dizaei was "an exceptional officer" who had received glowing performance reviews but said he had arrested Baghdadi for "an assault that never occurred"-[[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/feb/09/ali-dizaei-guilty-metropolitan-police]]

The point remains: He had a bonafide and perfectly clean record:
A politician cannot be faulted for hiring someone with his credentials and for not being a fortuneteller.

He is not the first senior officer found guilty of corruption. But his race/colouring has played the most significant role in the IPCC faulting politicians for giving him the job."In 1977, Wallace Virgo, serious crimes squad commander, and Kenneth Drury, flying squad commander, were among several senior officers found guilty of corruption."-[[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/feb/09/ali-dizaei-guilty-metropolitan-police]]

Politicians should not pick top police officers
No because...

there was no knowing that he would be charged with corruption early on in his appointment

If the commissioner claims that there was in the absence of evidence supporting his argument then investigation on his prejudices; shouldn't be dismissed.

The idea that he should not have been hired(despite an apt record/resume for the job in question) just because he is black; is shameful.

Also; since the corruption allegations, investigations and conclusions have been conducted by the same people who resented his appointment because he is black; their objectivity.transparency and correctness should be brought to question.

Yes because...

Scotland yard had already accused him of far more serious charges in 2001/2003.

The person hiring him would be silly not to know that a tiff was in the making.

The current police commissioner had made allegations(that were proven wrong by a unanimous verdict in court) against him back then.


Politicians should not pick top police officers
No because...

Politicians are publically elected.

The power to promote officers to senior positions within the police force is a large responsibility. The police are there to protect and serve the public. Senior officers make decisions which directly affect the public. We live in a democracy and therefore publically elected officials should be the ones to take this power. They are voted in with public confidence in their ability to make decisions. Police officers themselves are not voted in. The public has no choice over their appointment. The least that the public can expect is to elect people who will make the decisions on this matter on the public’s behalf.

Yes because...

This is what has lead to the trouble surrounding Commander Ali Dizaei. Politicians are too concerned with the public perception than they are with making right minded decisions based on the needs of the police force. In trying to be politically correct, in trying to win the publics confidence, in trying to maintain their political standing; they appointed a man who was corrupt on the merits of the colour of his skin. Not his ability. Politicians only want to maintain their power, and that is why they should not be trusted with appointing senior officers.

Politicians should not pick top police officers
No because...

The present commissioner had wrongly alleged Dizaei's involvement in illegal drugs and prostitution back in 2001

Dizaei was cleared of all false charges then by a unanimous 'not guilty' vote by the jury;

"The allegations proved baseless. Dizaei was put on trial and cleared unanimously by a jury despite a £4m investigation involving covert and undercover surveillance teams.

The unit that investigated him was headed by Sir Ian Blair, now the Metrpolitan police commissioner.

Allies of the commissioner insist the treatment of Dizaei is not influenced by the fact that he is a vocal and persistent critic of the Met's record on race.

However, Alfred John, the chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, said: "Without doubt it is a witch hunt. It is an attempt to destabalise our movement. It is a farce.""-[[http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/sep/18/police.race]]

This time around;"Commander Ali Dizaei was summoned to Scotland Yard headquarters and suspended over allegations that he perverted the course of justice and wasted police time"(?).
Dizaei is a key adviser to the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur. Ghaffur is suing the force for racial discrimination and was suspended last week.-[[http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/sep/18/police.race]]

Yes because...

Politicians should not pick top police officers

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