April 22nd, 2011

What a waste

Posted in The Job - General by 200

With all the talk of job losses within the police & the wage cuts that some of us are already suffering, it never ceases to amaze me the way constabularies, of have had their budgets cut by 20%, find to fritter away that oh so valuable cash.

Take Greater Manchester Police, for instance. they’ve just produced their annual report on how they are meeting their priorities. The Police Authority produced the report in print & then mailed to it all their parishioners, at a cost of some £47,000.

Then there’s Kent whose report cost them £68,000 or Thames Valley who have spent £95,470, or Northamptonshire at £63,000, or Surrey & West Mids at £84,000.

Some forces, like Devon & Cornwall publish theirs on their website at no extra cost.

The Tax Payers’ Alliance reckons that around £1 million is wasted by forces printing & circulating their annual reports when they could be published freely on their websites & downloaded by only those actually interested in reading them.

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5 comments

  1. Joe says:

    You’d have thought that they’d all be doing it, what with trying to be hip with the kids.
    You really have to wonder how much is wasted by these numpties.

    My only complaint however, was the factual error in the report:
    “The instant saving that can be made by publishing this information online would be enough to pay for the employment of 22 police officers at £50,000 per annum”
    When in reality it’d pay for 22 ****s in middle-management (read Chief Inspectors) at £50k per annum, or more than 40 fresh-faced Constables. However it wouldn’t cover the cost of the Met’s Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner & 5 Assistant Commissioners which comes in at ~£1,150,000. Extrapolate that across the various constabs and you have yourself an enormous waste of cash!

    April 23rd, 2011 at 02:05

  2. David Waldock says:

    The problem with quoting the “Tax Payers Alliance” is that it’s the voice of corporations putting pressure on the government to reduce taxes.

    However, it clearly would be cheaper for reports to be published online, except then people wouldn’t know what the police were doing unless they had access to the Internet (which not everyone does). Assuming universal access should go against the grain for any force seekin to be inclusive of it’s population, including older people and those living in poverty(note: poverty as opposed to “on benefits”), the two groups least likely to have access to online resources.

    Once the online access problem has been solved (and the Tax Payers Alliance would prefer we didn’t spend money providing equal access to information for everyone in society) the online will be a viable solution, until then, the police do their job with the consent of the entire community (at least in theory) not just those with Internet access.

    April 23rd, 2011 at 07:34

  3. Boy on a bike says:

    Dave

    Ever heard of a thing called a “library”?

    April 23rd, 2011 at 09:07

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    What does it cost to prepare these damn reports in the first place? They`ll be packed with favourable looking stats which nobody believes. Any stat you like is just a random number pulled out of the air.

    “Next year we aim to cut thefts from motor vehicles by 2% year on year.”

    No shit. How about cutting them by 100%?

    “But that`s just not realistic. We must have targeted campaigns based on evidence.”

    Shoot for the stars I say, it will quickly root out those parts of your organisation and procedures which aren`t really contributing. If it doesn`t work drop it.

    April 23rd, 2011 at 11:04

  5. Plodnomore says:

    From a colleague still serving in a County force – in a much publicised bid to save money, all the Police staff drivers, who deliver mail, stores, equipment, etc, around the force have been moved from their local Police stations and are now based at Force Headquarters. This means that the drivers, most of whom lived close by their Police stations, have to drive to Force Headquarters, collect their vehicles and then drive back to their previous place of work (using diesel at 152p a litre) to collect the stores, etc, to deliver to Force Headquarters! Do they study Kafka at Bramshill?

    April 24th, 2011 at 10:21

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