March 26th, 2010

I have some spare cash, now where’s the drain?

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Oh dear, we shouldn’t be surprised at the Home Office’s inability to get something right. Or rather, we should be surprised because it should get most things right, all the time, but we’re not surprised when it doesn’t.

Most police blogs, including this one, have mentioned the Policing Pledge, that triumph of glitz over substance, in which the government have kindly pledged that the police will arrive at certain jobs on time & be visible on the streets. There has been lots of announcing & tick-box chart preparation to bring it in. The government have spent £5million on an advert to feature on TV announcing how wonderful it all is.

Except it isn’t

The Advertising Standards Authority have banned the advert on the grounds that it is factually incorrect & misleading. The advert says that 80% of police time is spent on the beat & advises that local communities will be seeing a lot more 0f the police “and so will the criminals“.  The ASA said they were concerned that there wasn’t sufficient explanation that the advert was only referring to neighbourhood officers, who make up under 1o% of all police officers. The ASA said it breached part of its code which relates to an advert being “legal, decent, honest (and) truthful“.

A recent report by the HMIC concluded that officers spent an average of 36% of their time in the community.

The advert must not be shown again in its current form.

So that was 5 million well spent, then.

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  1. RocketDodger says:

    Absolutely hilarious.

    This country is getting more like Russia under Stalin every day

    March 27th, 2010 at 01:25

  2. shijuro says:

    What a funny story… it really highlights what a bunch of fools the government are.

    I work for 8-hours a day, 80% is err… about 6.5 hours ish?

    So, I arrive and get changed etc (in my own time of course)… and make my way to parade table- the clock is now running- I sit down and check the copious emails, say 5-10 mins.

    Parade, any notices, crime stats and trends are read out. Any other business (vans over the weekend -booking leave, changing hours etc) 5- mins?

    Book out a radio- check kit- done outdoor gear, off on patrol for 6.5 hours…

    I need to eat so that’s 45 mins, I wont have time to return to the station, so I eat on the patch- in the town centre – just a sandwich.

    adding that up ….

    0.10m for parade
    0.45m for lunch
    6.5h for patrol (by order remember- the MINIMUM)
    0.05m for toilet break (morn or afternoon)
    0.05m for toilet break (afternoon or evening)
    7.5 hrs sub-total

    leaving – 30-mins for any paperwork generated in the patrol time.
    may be none of course, but it may be a lot- and it all has to be COMPLETED before
    you go off duty.

    mmm…. its tight but workable…

    of course- it will go tits if you get a prisoner- because it can take 2-6 HOURS to deal with a PIC (person in cust).

    Oh and that’s without dealing with anything given to you at parade…

    I have to tell you I really don’t mind the Policing Pledge… as an old sweat remarked -

    ‘If Her Majesty wants to pay me £35,000 a year to walk around, tipping my hat and saying ‘hello!’ to people- instead of trying to bin villans- then MORE FOOL HER…’

    I replied, ‘Reg, I think she wants both!’

    Reg, ‘ahh… but what villan is dumb enough to do crime in front of a uniformed bobby?’

    The public want to see more Police? Firstly, most have no idea how few of us there are compared to other countries- the US of A has nearly TWICE the amount of officers per person and its the same for a lot of Europe.

    The other thing- are these the type of people that think a doctor should visit well people? Doctors attend the sick!

    The real gripe I have with this country- is :


    parents are experts on teaching…
    Patients are medical experts…
    Mr sat-at-home is an expert on army tactics…
    EVERYONE is an expert on Policing.


    March 27th, 2010 at 10:12

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Maybe they should ban lawyers from becoming MP`s. In their mind something is only a lie if it can be proven to be untrue.

    If they can get away with it then it`s o.k. by them.

    Personally I think the blame lies with statisticians. Without them NuLabour would not have a clue how to run anything.

    Come to think of it…

    March 27th, 2010 at 20:30

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