September 6th, 2006


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The Government’s (or should that read “Charles Clarke’s”) badly-planned attempts to merge the police forces of England & Wales has cost the tax-payer millions.

The BBC reveals that several southern forces have submitted claims for reimbursement of wasted cash spent on “consultations, meetings, literature & staff”.

Cambridgeshire Police are asking for the return of £250,000, Hertfordshire £194,000, Thames Valley £186,000 & Essex £166,000. The total being claimed by the eight forces mentioned totals almost £1.2million. If this is extrapolated across the rest of the 41 forces affected it will amount to several million quid. Tax-payers money, wasted.

A mate of mine inadvertently damaged a police vehicle recently. The cost ran to a couple of thousand of our British pounds. He was punished by having his driving permit removed, loss of overtime as he can no longer drive and loss of status (such that there is) of no longer being one of the few area car drivers on the team. And he didn’t even mean to do it.

I wonder if anyone in the Government will be taken to task for the disappearance of a few million quid down the drains of Whitehall.

I won’t be holding my breath.

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  1. Bodie says:

    wasting money, try $90+ million Aussie dollars on a computer system that is designed to replace all our systems. Sounds good in theory. I understand however that it was the 9th on the list of possibilities. Therefore instead of spending a bit more for system that works or is easier and less difficult to use, we get a system that is a disaster and we only have had a partial release. Fuli integration to take two-three years.
    The person that decided this, wont have to use it, probable got promoted. Wasting money, but cant get a police helicopter which would cost $10 million over 3-5 years and they have again changed our pursuit policy, but haven’t got a chopper to use. Sensible govt and management.

    September 8th, 2006 at 12:24

  2. the sleepy response officer says:

    It’s not called Niche by any chance is it???

    September 10th, 2006 at 00:41

  3. Bodie says:

    To Sleeply

    Yes it is. We call it QPrime, bought from Canada or somewhere. I’m on a course at the moment, we wont talk about QPrime, too depressing.


    September 10th, 2006 at 11:31

  4. Baldy says:


    How can you say such a thing? Our new QPrime system is the “Pride of the Force”!! With it we can Fight Crime, keep the people of Qld safe, bring about World Peace and end Starvation Across the Planet!!

    …or we could, if anyone could figure out how to work the bloody thing!!


    October 2nd, 2006 at 13:02

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