Policing is making progress in some areas, but forces still need to get a grip on performance
Crime / Sat 8th Jul 2023 at 10:44am
POLICE forces have improved in several areas in recent years, but the public is still being failed too often, the police inspectorate has warned.
In a new report, His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has highlighted police forces’ progress in recording crime, increasing from an estimated 80.5 per cent of all crime being recorded (excluding fraud) in 2014 to 92.4 per cent at the end of 2021/2022 inspections.
However, the inspectorate has found that too many forces are failing to properly understand and manage their own performance, meaning they don’t know what issues are most important to tackle and where and how they can improve.
Inspectors highlighted several other issues that policing needs to address to improve the service they provide to the public. These include:
His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Andy Cooke, said:
“We found a wealth of examples where police forces are performing well. Forces must learn from each other and should consider if the positive practice described in this report can be applied in their own area.
“But the public are still being let down too often by policing, and there are several improvements that forces need to make. One of the first things forces need to do is to get better at understanding and managing their own performance. Without this, forces cannot aspire to provide the high level of service that the public deserves.
“The public’s trust and confidence in the police are at an all-time low, so it is vital that forces take heed of our findings and work quickly to rectify the issues highlighted.”
"the workforce is increasingly under-resourced and under skilled, with forces not doing enough to understand why such a large proportion of its workforce are leaving and having any plans in place to tackle it." Improve this and the rest is dealt with surely. Unfortunately there is no chance of that this side of an election.
Unfortunately this and previous governments don’t pay police officers what they’re worth. The government still don’t want to give the police the recommended 6% pay increase. Apparently Sunak and Hunt will be considering it over the next few weeks but don’t want to fuel inflation - isn’t that what the Bank of England has done by increasing the interest rate? When you think MPs earn twice or more than the average officer and they don’t always turn up in parliament and some have second jobs when they should be representing their constituents full time. The media only focus on the bad things the police not on the good work they do so is it surprising that so many officers are demoralised?
A huge reason for the police being overworked and underfunded is this current governments stupid decision to keep cannabis illegal when it kills 0 people yearly (unlike tobacco and alcohol related deaths) instead of taxing and regulating it for medicinal use, you can already receive a prescription for it provided you pay £150.00 via Harley Street. We double down on crippling our economy whilst conservative donors are allowed to grow and export tons of the stuff.
James Nicholson. County lines, using children as dealers ruled by fear by adults, violence & crime around the world of cannabis in all ways, anxiety, depression and increased self-harm in users, esp youngsters where their brains have not finished developing. Cannabis is also addictive. This isn't as cute as you think it is.