Well, honestly, it makes much more sense than the Crime Is Down, Reform Is Working mantra that we’re used to getting rammed down our throats doesn’t it?
On the matter of “REFORM” my view is clear, I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll have to say it again, but ‘Reform’ is simply NOT working, and it is not working on so many levels.
The Oxford Dictionary defines Reform:-
Make changes in (something, especially an institution or practice) in order to improve it.
Please tell me in which areas the Police Service has been improved because I’m struggling to think of one this morning. Which other Public Service has been improved by Tory Reforms? Again I’m struggling. NHS, Fire & Rescue Service, Coastguard, Education, Justice have all been hugely improved by the Tories since 2010. Armed Forces? Don’t get me going on that one, suffice to say I don’t believe that successive governments have invested sufficiently in the Armed Forces.
There are some things in life that the government (of any hue) simply has to afford.
For as long as I can remember we have been subjected to politician after politician, PCC after PCC telling us that Crime Is Down.
The government’s current favourite, the Crime Survey for England and Wales has this to say about Police Recorded Crime
The police recorded 4.5 million offences in the year ending March 2016, an annual rise of 8%. However, this series is not considered a reliable indicator of trends in crime; most of the latest rise is thought to be due to improved crime recording practices and processes leading to a greater proportion of reports of crime being recorded in the last year than in the previous year.
So, Front Line Police say that Crime Is Up, but we don’t like that so we’ll go with the CSEW version
Latest estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), the best measure of crime trends for the population and offences it covers, showed a 6% fall in the number of incidents against adults for the survey year ending March 2016 (6.3 million, compared with 6.8 million in the previous survey year).
So, let me get this straight, the CSEW figures show that crime is at a level approx 50% higher than Police Recorded Crime but because it shows a small dip, and Police Stats can’t be trusted, the CSEW version suits their soundbites better.
How does “Crime is down but it’s much higher than the Police think it is” sound?
My final Gripe Of The Day is violent crime in London and the Police & Government response to it.
The charts below relate to the last 12 months, see what you think
STOP AND SEARCH
In response to such awful gun and knife crime figures, what do we do? We reduce Stop and Search by about 70% is what we do.
The blue line looks better, we’ve improved our arrest rate from 8.3% to 19%, well done everyone. By my lack of a degree reckoning 8.3% of 533 thousand is about 44,000. Whereas 19% of 160 thousand is about 30,000. Not looking so impressive now is it? Contrary to how the chart looks, arrests are actually DOWN by about HALF.
What do the government have to say about that? Absolutely NOTHING. They have a vision for how the Police Service should look and what it should do and they’re not going to deviate from that, and heaven forbid that should actually listen to the practitioners.
So, YES, Reform IS Down and Crime IS Working, particularly gun and knife crime. How on earth can they just sit quietly and ignore all those shattered or damaged lives?
This tweet just about says it all for me