A civilian police boss could not wear a uniform, march, salute or shoot.Hassan Omar Hassan and the selection panel he heads in the search for the chair and members of Police Service Commission cannot say they were not warned.The police service, anxious about what thoughtless, careerist individuals would do, has cautioned that appointing a civilian as its leader could demoralise officers and, perhaps, inspire them into offering active resistance.Civilians are the scum of the earth. They are the lawbreakers, criminals and miscreants who frustrate the existence of a lawful and orderly society.Being the suspicious individuals they are, civilians need to be kept at arm’s length and monitored closely, not given authority over a force that bears arms and protects the State.Civilians do not know how to wear a uniform. They do not know how to march at parade or salute. They cannot shine their boots until you can see your reflection in them, or play in the police band. And they would not know the working end of a G3 rifle from a cooking stick.Although the minister for Internal Security is a civilian, the police often rectify that quickly by sending him for secret training once appointed.The President, who is the Commander in Chief, is not the civilian he appears to be, courtesy of night drills he undergoes during the first months in office. Click here
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