April 12th, 2008

Gee, thanks

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Following on from the BBC Scotland programme on assaults on police, news comes via the Police Review of a worrying development.

It appears that the Home Office are no longer collecting data on the amount of assaults on police. The Home Office refused the magazine’s repeated requests to confirm it still collected the data. They merely replied, "As part of an overall drive to cut data recording, we are currently reviewing whether to continue collecting data on assault on police officers."

When asked for the most recent figures it could only supply data from 2004/2005.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary failed to include officer assault figures in its 2008 annual report, published in March.

Figures gained from individual forces by the Police Review recorded 21,845 officers were attacked in 2005, an average of 60 assaults a day, one every 24 minutes. In 2006 this rose to 25,368, an average of 70 a day.

Is it me or is this just another example of the contempt shown by this government to the police with yet another failure to protect us? How can anyone tell what measures need to be implemented to protect officers if the government can’t be arsed to find out how big the problem is & whether it’s getting any better or not?

 

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3 comments

  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    You almost made a case there for more government statistics and targets. The fact that the government is reviewing whether to collect this data or not is very telling.

    If the government thinks police officers are highly-skilled, valuable, important pillars of a civil society, worth investing in and ensuring they can serve the general population in the way they deserve. Then yes, collect the statistics about assaults on officers. You can then make sure they are equipped correctly, trained correctly and have the necessary backup to do their job and stay safe.

    If, on the other hand, the government would prefer to run down the police service, to the point where privatisation or a public/private partnership would appear to be a good idea, to the point where it is no longer an aspirational career, where it becomes a semi-skilled, disposable MacJob. Then no, just keep collecting the stats that can easily be manipulated into looking like good news. Trumpet those numbers that can be spun to reflect positively on the government, making them appear caring and capable and ensure they are re-elected.

    Dead coppers are never good news. So don`t bother acknowledging it happens at all. Of course, by not counting them (maybe there are so many to count it`s getting embarassing?) the government can say it`s part of an economy drive.

    Perhaps Gordon will save even more by not sending flowers to the funerals.

    April 12th, 2008 at 16:08

  2. PCSO Bloggs says:

    That’s shocking. Of all the stats they do collect, this, surely, should be one of them.

    Ps the linky you have for me has too many ‘https’ 200.

    April 12th, 2008 at 16:26

  3. Emily says:

    It’s ridiculous – if there were even half that number of attacks on MPs then they’d be up in arms and all over it!

    April 14th, 2008 at 10:42

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