This is why elected, political police commissioners are a bad idea.
This one is accused of a crime, but is in charge of the police officers investigating her.
Expect jokes along these lines: “Being a crime commissioner doesn’t mean you’re supposed to commission crimes!” Yes, I know it’s weak.
What chance does justice have, in such a situation?
If she is found innocent, nobody will believe it and the integrity of Devon and Cornwall Police will be called into question.
If she is charged and convicted, nothing less than the maximum sentence will do, or people will believe she was let off lightly because of her privileged position.
Who benefits from that?
There are calls for a new Tory crime boss to “stand aside” while she is being investigated by her own police force for alleged election fraud.
Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is accused of failing to declare election spending during the 2015 general election following an investigation by the Daily Mirror.
The force is one of eight around the country investigating up to ten sitting Tory MPs and Ms Hernandez was the election agent for one of them.
She faces a possible one year jail sentence if found guilty.
Last week, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that it has launched an investigation into claims, first revealed in the Mirror, that more than two dozen Conservative MPs who were aided by activists on board Tory battlebuses failed to declare the costs of the buses and hotel bills than ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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