How Safe Are Our Streets Exactly?
As you are all aware, I am not an Academic, and I do not possess a degree in anything. However, spurred on by this warm weather and an increasing foreboding of doom, I dusted down my crayons, and with a little help from my 4 year old grand-daughter, I managed to produce some nice pretty pictures, based on the premise that the first duty of any government is to protect its citizens.This doesn’t often happen, but I will shut up for a while and let the music and the pictures fill in the story.
Hmm, it seems as if most of the violent crimes were on their way down prior to about 2011/12 and then started to go up again. I wonder what happened to cause that? I’d better get my crayons out again and see if the whole of England and Wales looks the same.
Before I do there’s a few things about these piccies that you might think I’ve forgotten. Despite slating the Police for the manner in which they record crime, the Home Office, amazingly, have never published data for Possession of Knives or Firearms prior to 2008, at least not publicly. They do not publish figures for Assault on a Police Officer causing Injury. They did not publish data for ANY Assault causing Injury prior to 2012 Why would that be? Not just the Tories, Labour didn’t do it either. The stats for 2017/2018 are not yet publicly available.
Anyway, back to my crayons, the pictures for the whole of England and Wales.
Looking at all of these pretty, colourful pictures it does indeed seem that most, if not all, of the columns start to rise 2012/2013 What on earth could be causing that?
What about England and Wales, does that look any different?
So, we can see that the MEt has (to now) been sheltered from the worst of the cuts, but more are coming in the next two years. They have still ended up with a net loss however. England and Wales as a whole has seen quite a sharp falling off of officer numbers since 2010. Could anything else be a factor?
For whatever reason, Stop and Search in London has fallen sharply since 2008, in 2017 the lowest for a decade by far. How does the rest of the country fare?
One more for luck, how does Total Crime look like against Total Stop/Search?
So, there you have it ladies and gents, girls and boys. Are the government protecting its citizens? Are they complying with their ‘First Duty’? More importantly, how safe are our streets. Just a wild thought I know, but getting those 21,000 Police Officers back might help, but the only problem there is that there is no Magic Bobby Tree, Even if the government did the most massive u-turn in their history, they cannot replace the lost skills and experience. No wonderful Graduate Entry schemes, no Direct Entry Insp.Superintendent/Detective schemes can fix this. The Police Service is broken. Can we fix it? I don’t know. I hope so, and I will carry on writing posts such as this til I either stop breathing or the government u-turns. I can’t change their minds, but YOU can. Every one of you joined together can lobby your MP. Send him/her a copy of this post if you haven’t got time to write. I don’t care how you do it, but the swell of public opinion and support is our best chance (in my humble opinion)
I shall now put my crayons away until at least next week, thank you for your patience.
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