It's good to see that some police chiefs still get the point that victims of crime expect to see a policeman (at least after the event). People's perceptions of crime and their feelings of safety are to a large extent moulded by the media, government and the police.
The media, especially local papers, delight in telling us about every single stabbing, assault etc thus convincing many that we are in a state of social decay; they ignore the fact that throughout history there have been gangs, muggers and assaults.
The government lies via statistics, and uses targets to impose its political will on the police.
Many police forces, being run by political appointees, slavishly follow government targets at the expense of what people really want. Namely assurance that there are police that are readily available and visible (the visibility gives people a sense of comfort and security).
Therefore the actions and methods of Roger Baker, Chief Constable of Essex Police Force, are commendable. He has ordered officers to visit every single victim, since he took over 3 years ago there have been 13,000 less victims of crime. He increased front line policing, made officers more visible and treated low-level crime such as vandalism more seriously. Residents have been delighted with the back to basics approach
However, there is one dissenter.
Can you guess who that is?
Yes, that's right, Nanny!
A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said:
"While attending every crime is a highly effective method of engagement, it is felt by a number of staff interviewed that taking a statement at each crime is not always necessary and can be time-consuming."
A few observations about the above:
1 People pay to see the police on the streets and dealing with crime.
2 The paperwork that is time consuming is a direct result of Nanny's rules and regulations, cut the paperwork and get more bobbies on the beat.
3 Quote "attending every crime is a highly effective method of engagement" unquote!
Mr Baker effectively said the report was bollocks:
"We will continue with our policing style, which includes attending all crime, increasing police visibility, opening more police stations, tackling crime robustly and bringing offenders to justice.
The public are our biggest partner and we will continue to listen to them and work with them to provide the service they ask for.
There are always ways in which we can improve and this is something we will continually strive to do."
Nanny's target driven rules and regulations have perverted the police force in Britain, and destroyed the trust that once existed between the public and police.
The threat to the rule of law, and the threat to the respect for the law, comes from Nanny not the criminals.
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