The State of Policing 2018

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7 Responses

  1. Adrian says:

    I worked for a London council when I retired from the Met. We were having a lot of parking meters broken into. I phoned the police to get the crime numbers and was given one crime number. Over 30 offences committed in different locations on different days one crime report. Why do you think that was?

    • retiredandangry says:

      At a rough guess I’d say it was keeping crime levels down. The DCI would have kicked my arse all round the CID office if he’d caught me trying that one. Different dates and locations has to be multiple offences surely?

  2. Stephen Mann says:

    Massaged figures to put it politely. It applies to crime, accident figures, every possible type of incident covered by the Police. I do not believe they have ever been even near accurate, since at least 1976.

    • retiredandangry says:

      Indeed, it is difficult to have any degree of confidence in a system where the Counting Rules change regularly, the figures are fudged at any number of stages and the published Home Office crime categories don’t even come close to mirroring Police Classifications. Any number of crimes can be in the wrong box

  3. Adrian says:

    Yes but they are official figures so they must be correct. Or don’t we believe a word we are told?

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