May 31st, 2008

Just a Thought

Posted in The Job - General by 200


I don’t know much about Civitas, well, OK, I don’t actually know anything about them other than they are described in the papers this week as a "think tank". presumably this is where people get together in some kind of large container to think about things.

Recently, they’ve been thinking about police work or to be more precise, the lack of police work.

Apparently, we only spend 14% of our time on patrol. This finding must be why we spend 2 weeks every year filling in forms documenting everything we do every 15 minutes, so that Civitas can look at these forms & think about them.

Civitas have also thought about the police spending more time getting easy detections & ignoring things which are a bit more important, difficult & which the public actually want us to investigate. They say that we have to get so many "sanction detections" a month by either charging, cautioning or fining an offender, and arresting or fining a normally law-abiding person for a minor offence is a good way of reaching our targets. It says that the police insists on criminalising those whose offences are ‘trivial’ because it helps to meet our targets.

One could be forgiven for thinking that Civitas have been sitting in their tank & reading all the police blogs since we’ve been saying this for the last 3 years or more. There doesn’t seem to be anything in their report which you can’t find on one blog or another (or all of them).

I don’t know what the government will think of the think tank’s thoughts but I think it won’t make any difference to them because there are none so blind as those who will not see.

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  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    The Civitas website is worth a visit I find. As an independent organisation (as far as any organisation made up of individuals can be independent) they come up with some interesting stuff.

    O.k. maybe the latest report on the state of policing is old news to us police blog followers but if people from all sides of the situation are all saying the same thing and it`s getting into independant reports (not Flanaghans piece of fluff) then the plight of the police reaches a far wider audience, and maybe things can start to change.

    I`ve found a couple of the Civitas reports to be well worth reading (you can download several free). Of particular interest is ‘The Retreat of Reason’ which isn`t an obscure philosophical piece of waffle, it`s actually a very well argued description of (and case against) the rise and influence of political correctness. And we all know that the PC agenda has had a large hand in a lot of the mad policy-making affecting the police in the last few years.

    For the braver readers there`s “Racist Murder
    and Pressure Group Politics” which offers some insights into the MacPherson enquiry that are almost as unsavoury as the original murder of Stephen Lawrence. Particularly an insight into the phrase ‘institutional racism’ which had been around since before the Lawrence murder.

    Read both articles before you decide if you want the government to hire and fire Chief Constables, before it`s too late.

    May 31st, 2008 at 19:27

  2. Litew8 says:

    There was also an interesting discussion on BBC Radio 4 today about politicians jumping on the bandwagon to decrease the bureaucratic burden on Officers… the impression it may soon give (despite the early impression being one of change for the better) is that the Police is once again going to become a tool with which to win votes, just like Nu-Labour did in the 90′s with “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”. The risk is one of soundbites raising the expectations of the British public whilst the Bobbies have to try and deliver whatever has been promised on their behalf…

    Mind you, if four Forces in England are trialing a new approach to Policing (it’s come full circle it seems) which involves restoring disrection to remove the administrative burden, then at least there is a tentative start from an operational standpoint to de-politicise the Police Force… those more switched on will take note that the powers restored (discretion) are the same ones that were previously taken away by the same Government to make the Thin Blue Line more accountable through form-filling… they have reinvented the wheel!

    L. :)

    May 31st, 2008 at 19:58

  3. bill says:


    Nothing serious to contribute, but I just wanted to say that “a think tank”. presumably this is where people get together in some kind of large container to think about things.” made me eject a mouthful of tea all over my lap-top.

    You really do know how to prick a balloon.


    June 1st, 2008 at 01:59

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