The government say they have done away with all the targets &Ã‚Â replaced them with just one; public confidence. They want all forces to raise public confidence to 60%. I don’t really know what this means but it doesn’t seem particularly high. I expect the government doesn’t have much confidence that we can get any higher presuming that 60% is achievable. I don’t know about you but if I was wanting to get something on eBay the seller only had a 60% rating, I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. I’m not sure what, if anything, that says about that state of British policing.
Anyway, the Home Office have told chiefs not to let ordinary coppers talk openly about crime & anti-social behaviour. They are concerned that if officers talk about the true levels of crime & bad behaviour, the public confidence in the police will plummet & we won’t be able to hit the already abysmally low target, which will cause an equally low opinion of the government, and we can’t have that.
A report, ‘Improving public confidence in the public service‘ concluded that one of the pitfalls to raising public confidence was employees talking negatively about their organisation. It said that officers talking about the apparent pervasiveness of crime could stimulate feelings of threat or fear among those listening and in turn lower opinions of the police service.
I don’t think anyone in the government mentioned this to the Justice Minister who recently announced the police were lazy & preferred staying in warm police stations stringing out the paperwork rather than fighting crime & anti-social behaviour. I’m guessing that he has probably done more to harm public satisfaction than a few local coppers telling it how it really is.
Not much hope for government support of police bloggers, then.