November 21st, 2010

Of book cooking

Posted in The Job - General by 200

When various politicians & chief police officers said of the reduction in police funding, “this will not affect front line policing”, what they actually meant to say was. “Police officer numbers will go down by up to 6,000 across the country for each of the next four years.”

The simple statistic behind the mouthwash that says that police officers won’t lose their jobs as a result of the massive 20% cut in funding is that 39 of the 43 police forces will not recruit a single new officer. As 6,000 officers retire or leave the police every year, this means that this time next year there will be 6,000 less officers.

The funding cuts are set for a four year life, which suggests that by 2015 there will be at least 24,000 less officers unless forces start recruiting again.

But don’t worry about the effects this will have on crime in your area.

Policing Minister Nick Herbert said: “I don’t think anyone – and no respected academic – would make a simple link between the increase in police officers and what has happened to crime. There is no such link.”

Which kind of makes you wonder why we had so many officers in the first place.

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5 comments

  1. JohnM says:

    http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/CP207.pdf

    November 22nd, 2010 at 01:13

  2. JohnM says:

    If the paper is right then by 2015 we should have a 9% increase in crime ?

    November 22nd, 2010 at 01:15

  3. joe says:

    Actually I suspect (and others have made this point in the past) that it’s not about numbers per se but how you use the resource. If, as Gadget recommends, we cut out all of the chair polishers and put them on the street freed up from a lot of the PC nonsense that stultifies modern policing and backed this with a robust judicial system I’d bet that we’d see a significant improvement notwithstanding the absolute numbers of officers declining.

    However, since that would require the dismantling of many vested interest groups and standing up to the EU/ECHR as well as, God forbid, the application of a bit of common sense, the loss of bodies will cause problems not least because as we know it won’t be the back office bean counters, policing pledge target counters, diversity initiatives etc.etc. that get the chop.

    November 22nd, 2010 at 10:38

  4. SHIJURO says:

    Well…

    our beloved CC says we are going to be able to cope without any issue…

    Even though we will be reduced by 20%…

    November 22nd, 2010 at 16:31

  5. Jaded says:

    Let’s hope the first cuts are in the House of Commons or Diplomatic protection who protect these fools.Or replace police with PCSO’s as they are good enough for your neighbourhood, why not the politicians?

    November 23rd, 2010 at 16:19

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