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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:24 pm

Police recorded crime is a good example of Goodhart's Law: when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be an effective measure. So if there is pressure on the Police to record a fall in burglaries, you can't tell whether the subsequent fall in recorded burglaries is down to effective policing or statistical legerdemain.

To be fair the ONS says that, while police recorded crime still isn't a reliable measure of true crime levels, they are becoming more reliable. It says that the 7% rise in crime recorded by the police is largely due to them recording crime more effectively.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby atticus » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:31 pm

Funding and resourcing is an issue across all areas of taxpayer funded activity.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:48 pm

Inefficiency, incompetence and corruption appear to be significant contributors to those funding shortages.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:01 pm

Source?
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:14 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:Source?

Parkinson's Law.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby shootist » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:28 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:To be fair the ONS says that, while police recorded crime still isn't a reliable measure of true crime levels, they are becoming more reliable. It says that the 7% rise in crime recorded by the police is largely due to them recording crime more effectively.


Yeah! I forgot that one.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby shootist » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:40 pm

Hairyloon wrote:
shootist wrote:All in all, quite depressing.

Any ideas of how to fix it?


A few, but I thought I'd just warm up first by bringing peace to the Middle East.

I do think that being a police officer should be a calling and not just a career. I think pay is too high, I think that too much emphasis is placed upon people having a degree. Some of the best officers I ever knew had not a single qualification other than spending a few years down the pits or in the armed forces. Some might say that the police service has changed since I / they joined and new skills are needed. While specialist roles may do so, I do not believe it a general requirement. There's more, but that might move things along.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby Spankymonkey » Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:35 pm

The easy answer to the problem is for the OP to prosecute the offender himself. Build a good case file, lay an information and then write to the CPS asking them to take over. That way you can cut out the middle man.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:09 pm

Building a case that is sufficiently compelling that the CPS will not take the prosecution over and discontinue it cannot be described as easy. If it were, the police would do it.
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Re: How to force crime to be investigated

Postby atticus » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:14 pm

Surely investigation is a stage before any decision to prosecute.
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