July 31st, 2009

Good News

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

News released last week shows that there are now more police officers than there have been at any time in history.

In March this year numbers in England & Wales reached 143,770, almost 2,000 more than a year prior to that. Doubtless the Labour Party will be trumpeting the fact that there are 15,000 more officers now than there were in 1997, when they came to power.

What they won’t tell you is how many officers are available to deal with the frontline day-to-day nuts & bolts policing. i.e. the service the public cries out for, seeing a copper on their doorstep within a couple of hours of asking for one. On a personal note I have seen no real evidence that there are more frontline officers parading for a shift in the local town. I see jobs on my box (PC) which have not been resourced for 3 days or more & day after day when the calls for resourcing outstrip the speed at which they can be dealt with.

What you also won’t see in the headlines this week & what the politicians will somehow fail to mention is the amount of forces who have a severe budget deficit & are being forced to cut many millions off their budgets in the next 3 or so years. This is already resulting in posts being combined or simply done away with – most often in the civilian support roles – but there will be, I’m sure, forces whose officer numbers will certainly not increase over the next 3 years, some will decrease.

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  1. Tom Gane says:

    I fear that we have become accustomed to Government spin and mis-direction.

    I believe the Surrey Police Service recently challanged the ‘capping’ of it’s budget, but was alas unable to prove it’s case.

    Essentially, on reading this blog, I have identified a rapid deterioration in society based on anecdotal evidence of the commentators. It is terribly sad, but a snapshot of our currnet values.

    July 31st, 2009 at 14:43

  2. EmilyT says:

    Having various friends at various levels in the Police, the other thing they don’t tell you is that half of those officers are off sick, usually stress-related.

    July 31st, 2009 at 14:51

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    200, I haven`t seen this news, do they specifically exclude PCSO`s from this total or are they claiming a figure for the whole ‘policing family’?

    July 31st, 2009 at 18:21

  4. Blueknight says:

    I am going to re blog the reply I put on new specials blog

    25 yrs ago there were no PCSOs and only a handful of specials.
    We had full shifts. The control room staff were mostly police Officers The custody staff were all Police Officers as were all the Station enquiry Officers.
    There were CID Officers at every station and we also had a Divisional burglary squad, vehicle squad, cycle squad, vice squad, street offences squad, drug squad and dealers squad. Full time crime prevention Officers and a Coroners Officer and a Sgt and 4 in the Div Intelligence Office.
    And we used to escort prisoners to remand and collect them from where they were arrested all around the country.
    And we still managed to supply Officers by the hundred to Greenham Common, Stonehenge and the Miners strike

    So, if there are more Police Officers now, how come that….

    July 31st, 2009 at 21:45

  5. ashamed met says:

    I agree with your post 200! I work on a support unit in an East london Borough currently we have a short changeover finish 4am sunday morning (firday and saturday aswell) to bolster the number of officers available for the disorder when the pubs and clubs kick out. and have to police a reuglar protest from midday sunday. Response teams have ben cut to the bone whilst every monday to friday unit like events, duties, snt, engageo any other nu labour incetive has strpped the cupboard bare! paper shuffling seems to be the order of the day where I work!!! the only time you see the shint arses on at a weekend is for overtime a lots of the officers in the unit have less service than i and i only have 6 years in!!

    August 1st, 2009 at 12:37

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