November 1, 2018
Police need to concentrate on catching criminals, not spending time logging incidents that aren’t crimes such as misogyny, according to one of the country’s top officers.
National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) chairwoman Sara Thornton says she is also “unconvinced” about using resources to investigate allegations against people who have since died.
The former Thames Valley chief constable has called for a “refocus on core policing” and says forces are “seriously stretched” at a time when homicide and knife-related offences are rising, while the number of arrests in England and Wales has halved over the last decade.
While the number of some offences has gone up, there has been a 19% real-terms decrease in funding for forces and a fall of more than 20,000 in officer numbers since 2010.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:11 am