Moving onto the three day rule reduction………now to be the three hour rule……………Guidelines ordering police to respond to emergency calls within three hours and to attend less urgent incidents such as burglaries within three days have been drawn up by the Home Office.
The astonishing proposals were designed as ‘national standards for local policing’ in England and Wales.
They laid down a three-hour target for officers to reach an incident which ‘requires policing intervention’.
What is an incident that requires Policing intervention ?
The leaked draft targets were to be included in the Government’s long-awaited Green Paper on police reform.
But after a barrage of criticism from the Opposition yesterday – which accused the Government of being out of touch with the public – Home Office officials insisted the targets will not appear in the final version of the paper when it is published tomorrow.
The apparent disarray follows Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s startling U-turn over proposals to force knife-crime offenders to confront victims in hospitals. That plan was floated and ditched within 24 hours.
The proposals for response times – part of a ‘Police Pledge’ to the public – appear to be so modest that they would be of little value as performance targets.
At present, each police force sets its own response target times.
The Metropolitan Police aims to attend 90 per cent of emergency calls within 12 minutes and 90 per cent of non urgent incidents within one hour, for example.
Here at the CTCC, the approach is far more pragmatic. If we have not got the officers to attend because they are committed elsewhere, them you will have to wait. And targets…………don’t get me going on these.
We have formed a steering group to set up a review panel who will oversee the set up of a tasking team who will have a series of meeting to discuss the proposals and evaluate a response by the end of the next fiscal review period where the implications will be discussed over coffee. The meetings will be minuted and forwarded to the steering group so they will be able to evaluate any variations in the short term trends of the developing incident attendance audits. Lunches, of course, will be provided, at a venue away from the CTCC HQ to allow for better free-thinking and better environmental tactical strategies to make a positive issue from this. There will be consideration to a secondary review over a possible re-organisation.
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