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Start the clock…………..

We have been quick off the mark at the CTCC with reference to the likely-hood of changing the time restrictions that are issued from the really high chairs at the Home Office. We have been aiming to hit the recommended times for attendance at a variety of incidents, or occurrences, that are reported to us. We have to evaluate the information we are given to see if the incident or occurrence requires some form of Policing intervention. Sadly the non-existent extra response resources we have tried to squeeze out of the officer locker to try to hit these new targets have been withdrawn so we can provide officers to accurately evaluate the information passed to us and to measure the effect of trying to hit the new targets. As a result we have less officers on the streets.

So if you get burgled and ring up, it could be a long wait. If, for any reason, you are feeling upset or vulnerable we could be there within the hour. If you are really pissed off or angry then perhaps 30 minutes, depending on the availability of uncommitted operational resources and the prioritising of occurrences that might require a Policing intervention.

It could take as long as two days for police to arrive otherwise.

The guidelines are among 10 new police “pledges” to be unveiled to the public by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

The pledge will say: “If attendance is needed”, the police will “send a patrol giving you an estimated time of arrival. If you are vulnerable or upset, officers will aim to be with you within 60 minutes.”

It adds however: “Alternatively, if appropriate, we will make an appointment to see you at a time that fits in with your life and within 48 hours. So far, 60 areas across the country have signed up to become new neighbourhood crime and justice pioneer areas, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced.

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said: “This re-hashed re-announcement is typical of a government that has run out of ideas. “On the other hand, attempts to prescribe quotas and response times look like the return of discredited Whitehall targets under another name.”

I am awaiting the announcement of the set up of the Home Office pledges department to come up with ever brilliant ways of showing how effective they are at coming up with new and original pledges with none of the resources in place to make a real difference.

Policing pledge

The positive impact of neighbourhood policing and the growing involvement of communities in the fight against crime leads me to suspect that there will be further photo opportunities on the horizon featuring Government officials and PCSOs. A successful recipe if ever there was one.

We could even get some new badges out of this.


One Response

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7707598.stm

    Sorry WEB, but I am so fucking furious over this. If your partner would like some meat, I suggest the scum that took these plaques. Mind you I suspect your partner has better taste.

    Next best would be Jacqui Spliff, no one would miss her.

    It’s about time the useless politicians, our ‘leaders’ let the Police, Police. And the thieves of Westminster get on with whatever they are supposed to do…

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