The Australian newspaper today revelead that police forces (services) are spending about $10 million a year on communication programs.
While there are legitimate media demands made on police, such as obtaining information on crimes, much of this money could be seen to be used for pushing a government’s political agenda.
There’s a fine line between a commissioner being seen to promoting new crime-fighting initiatves and supporting a political agenda.
It’s an area that I will take a little more notice of, particularly in Western Australia, where a State election is looming later this year. Hopefull, the “commish” will stick to operational matters.