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Time to think the unthinkable……………….?

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 27th July 2015 at 16:19 - Posted in Police Blogs

In one of my earlier posts entitled ‘People respond to Incentives’ I rehearsed this argument made in the books ‘Freakonnoics’ and ‘Superfreakonomics’ by Stephen D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. If you haven’t read them – you should. In the context of policing, these incentives often include being selected for a specialism, being promoted or just pleasing your boss. Home Office targets were decided upon by civil servants with no understanding of (a) what achieving those targets actually...
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Lions led by donkeys and their donkey handlers!

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 15th June 2015 at 12:04 - Posted in Police Blogs

A sweeping statement perhaps, but one believed by many given the parlous state of British policing. If ever there was a time to be concerned – now is it. We have ‘barbarians at the gate’ if we are to believe the Security Services and the Home Secretary. Whilst once again basking in the reflected glory of those entrusted to keep the public safe and who have foiled plot after plot to commit an outrage, she continues to order and orchestrate cuts that will have a catastrophic effect on not only...
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The other side of the coin!

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 24th March 2015 at 11:38 - Posted in Police Blogs

CRB checks can give you a completely false sense of security! Previously in this blog you will have read about Non Sanction Detections (NSDs) and the huge numbers claimed in comparison to the total number of all types of detection. However, what is not made clear is the fact that when CRB asked the Metropolitan Police to check their records, until April 2006 NSDs were not routinely searched for on their databases. As a result 1.5 million checks were completed without ever checking to see if there...
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Checks & Balances

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 20th March 2015 at 11:40 - Posted in Police Blogs

Checks and Balances. Roles and Responsibilities. The diagram below is a guide to some of the roles and responsibilities of the various individuals who play a part at different stages of the proceedings, together with the challenges they face; from the point a crime is recorded, through to being classified, quality checking detections and finally being included in performance measures and performance related bonus’s. Officers often going from call-to-call with insufficient time...
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The Police Performance Culture

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 18th March 2015 at 14:29 - Posted in Police Blogs

Performance Management. Let me explain. For those of you already exposed to the world of business, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that ‘performance is king’. Your success as both an individual and an organisation is largely judged by your ability to meet challenging performance targets; these can be in the form of selling a certain number of cars a month to answering calls within a specified timescale in a call-centre. Unfortunately the Police Service is no different. Whilst Teresa...
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CRB & DBS Checks – to what degree can you trust them??

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 06th March 2015 at 12:31 - Posted in Police Blogs

Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) & Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed when the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. It is effectively an executive arm of the Home Office. This is the part of the government who complete checks against police (and other) official databases to discover if anything is known about an applicant that might influence a decision to employ them – or not. Let me make this...
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How to get around the rules & regulations

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 26th February 2015 at 13:49 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) and the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) regulate the way in which police forces record crimes. The NCRS basically states that police will record a crime ‘if on the information available at the time of reporting it is more likely that a crime occurred than it did not’. The HOCR goes on to describe what type of crime should be recorded. Whilst this may seem unnecessary detail – I can assure you it is not – let me explain why. Example; You are walking...
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Warning

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 23rd February 2015 at 11:21 - Posted in Police Blogs

WARNING! Recent revelations at the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) in November 2013 regarding the reliability of Police recorded crime statistics have shaken public confidence. It is now clear that in many cases Police have failed to record some crimes at all, or alternatively recorded other crimes as less serious offences to assist in meeting crime reduction targets. The issues described in this blog are also symptomatic of that same performance culture, but are even more damaging...
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Unsafe disclosures by CRB/DBS

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 16th February 2015 at 19:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

Unsafe Disclosures by CRB/DBS  For many years Police performance measures included detection targets. In much the same way that the Public Administration Select Committee on Crime Statistics (November 2013) revealed how recorded crime figures had been influenced and manipulated to meet crime reduction targets, the desire to meet detection targets resulted in a large number of unsafe detections being recorded against members of the public. Some reviews of detections have revealed that in excess of...
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How many more suspects have police brushed under the carpet??

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics on the 11th November 2014 at 13:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

The recent documentaries ‘Police Under Pressure’ (BBC2) have been genuinely thought provoking; Whilst the first two episodes focussed on the performance culture and the impact of budget cuts (both laudable topics) the final programme looked at sex crimes committed against young girls in South Yorkshire. For legal reasons (ongoing court cases) this episode could not be broadcast until these had been finalised – resulting in prison sentences for at least some of the defendants. A large part of...
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