Reform Is Down, Crime Is Working

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  1. Retired from the service and now engaged in the real world of ‘public life’, I spent a good 10 years campaigning for reform to the crime recording process via my site at

    The thrust of my site and discontent was the fudging of crime figures and the negative consequences for the public and the service. The politicians, armed with falling crime figures were able to include policing in the coalition comprehensive spending review, slashing police numbers in the 000’s. It was apparent to all that this would leave the public exposed as they are now to a service less resilient and able to meet public needs.

    10 years of campaigning along with colleagues James Patrick (the met whistle-blower) , and retired Det Insp, Dr Rodger Patrick, we made our evidence submissions, including the criticisms of the divisive 15% Chief Officer incentives, to the Public Affairs Select Committee.

    I penned a blog on this here:-

    Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) said: “Poor data integrity reflects the poor quality of leadership within the police. Their compliance with the core values of policing, including accountability, honesty and integrity, will determine whether the proper quality of Police Recorded Crime data can be restored.”

    This resulted in the Office For National Statistics removing their badge of approval for police recorded crime (Jan 2014), which to my knowledge, has yet to be reinstated.

    Despite all of this, crime recording is only marginally improved and remains an unreliable source. Yet the CSEW figures which are based on a survey of a relatively small percentage of the population are, to my mind even more a piece of guesswork.

    The sad fact is that non recording of crime hides the full extent of what is actually happening out there. Without an accurate picture how can anyone predict with any accuracy what level of resources are required to deal with it?

    The politicians continue to use crime as a tool for their own ends, lying through their teeth to gain popularity.

    Until someone gets a grip of this, with total transparency and honesty, the public and our loyal colleagues are in greater danger than they should be.

    • retiredandangry says:

      I have no idea how other Forces fudged their stats but I do know how the Met did it. There used to be an Ethical Audit which highlighted fudging for a number of methods and questions were asked. It worked. Guess what? I don’t think they do it any more

  2. Gordon Williamson says:

    Alan can only agree with both of you.
    You and Steve Bennett are right on the mark.
    The crime stats are a massive con to justify cuts and to appease (lie) to the public so that they are unaware of how bad things actually are.
    But you both say it so much more eloquently than I.

    • retiredandangry says:

      Thank you Gordon, totally fed up with the spin, and I’m convinced that the Great British Public would actually prefer the truth, whatever it is

      • Gordon Williamson says:

        Without doubt!
        If they actually knew how much they were being conned by Government I’m sure they would be less than impressed.
        Government, PCC’s and Senior Police management are failing their primary responsibility that is the safety and security of the public!
        That applies to all emergency services, and military.
        Well that’s my little rant!

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