Monday, July 19, 2004

Producing real results

It says something of the states of police forces that the website produced by a serving policeman - see previous post - includes a link to "police equipment".  When you click the link, it takes you to the stationery department of W H Smith.
However, from the school of "truth is stranger than fiction", The Times today offers a headline "Police excel at red tape but not at tackling crime".  Home Office inspectors have been abroad, looking at the perfomance of individual police forces (sorry, services) to score them according to how well they carried out certain functions.
The highest scores were awarded for "maintaining police standards" - i.e., keeping up the paperwork, while the lowest scores were awarded for - guess what - tackling crime.  Burglarly was well down the league.
The Home Office was evidently pleased that the police have so obviously got their priorities right.  A spokesman remarked that "the police service has modernised and evolved considerably and is producing real results".  You betcha.


At 8:18 pm, Blogger Mick in the UK said...

Well at least they are winning in Bradford.

"Marcial Boo, Head of the Home Office’s Acquisitive Crime Team, said: “Looking at the performance data for the quarter to the end of March 2004, I was particularly struck by the achievements made in Bradford. I would like to pass my congratulations to the Safer Communities Partnership on reducing burglary by 50 per cent and robbery by 54 per cent in this period, putting Bradford among the best performing Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in the quarter."

Yeah Right!

At 10:21 pm, Blogger Richard said...

That's 'cos they're tough on crime and tough on the reporting of crime.



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