Sunday, 27 December 2009

LEAVE OUR CHRISTMAS ALONE!

CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS!


CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS!


CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS!


There, we've said it. And if anyone is in any doubt, we're not frightened to say it, in fact we're proud to shout the word from the rooftops, so we'll say it again even louder


!!!!!! CHRISTMAS !!!!!!



The most ridiculous risk averse piece of diversity nonsense that has hit the headlines this year, has to be the British Transport Police campaign that dropped the word ‘Christmas’ from a national publicity poster to avoid upsetting people who do not ‘buy into’ the festival.



What a joke the terms "Great Britain" and "United Kingdom" have become in the eyes of the mocking world, when they see stories like this in our national press.


The word "Christmas" was originally proposed as part of a slogan on the poster, designed to alert people to the extra number of transport police on duty over the festive period.



The slogan – devised by an advertising company commissioned by the Transport Police – reads ‘Christmas presence’, a pun on the word ‘presents’.



But the police’s marketing department decided the word Christmas could anger non-believers or people from other faiths who disliked its Christian connotations. Rather than scrapping the poster, the department swapped ‘Christmas’ for ‘Holiday’, so the slogan now reads ‘Holiday presence’, losing the wit of its original wording.


A Transport Police spokesman said the decision to remove the word ‘Christmas’ had been made by the Transport Police’s marketing manager, Alison Lock, who is based at its headquarters in Camden, North London.


‘It is just to make the message non-denominational so that it applies to everyone and so that people who don’t buy into Christmas don’t feel excluded,’ the spokesman said. ‘I can see there can be a debate around it but it is a matter of opinion and I’m not going to comment.’ Ms Lock could not be contacted for comment because she is in Canada.


This poster is the latest instance of public bodies removing references to Christmas for fear of upsetting minorities. In 1997, Birmingham Council was derided by Christians for using
‘Winterval’ as the name of its official Christmas festivities, which involved inter-faith events. There were protests last month when the Tayside city of Dundee promoted its Christmas celebrations as the Winter Night Light festival.


This kind of crass stupidity is irritating and offensive to the Christian majority in Britain and, highly insulting to the followers of other beliefs, or even those with no belief, who are in the main quite accepting and tolerant of others celebrating their particular Religious Festivals.


All this nonsense does is pander to those on the lunatic fringes of various groups by giving such tiny minorities far more consideration than their numbers warrant. This gives the impression that the beliefs and activities of the minorities are more important than those of the majority. The result is that it creates ill feeling and suspicion where none need exist.


Why did they commission an advertising agency if they didn't intend to use it? What is the purpose of a marketing manager who is unaccountable and a spokesman who refuses to give out information?


WHY ARE THEY WASTING MILLIONS ADVERTISING THE "PLEDGE" & THOUSANDS ON POSTER ADS, TELLING US THEY WILL BE THERE WHEN NEEDED? 
 
Use the millions to pay the police the overtime they need to do the job!
 
 MULTI CULTURAL SHOULD NOT MEAN SEPARATISM


There is a broader issue here. Incidents like this divide the groups within our multi cultural society. Irresponsible actions and campaigns create a feeling of seperatism that need not exist between the cultures, uneccesarily widening the divide. Deleting Christmas from our vocabulary suggests that only the alternatives that cause less offence to minority groups are acceptable. TOSH!


The people who propagate this "offence culture" are stupid faceless risk averse managers from within the same organisations. The only way we are ever going to stop this insanity is to remove the anonimity that they are allowed to hide behind. "A police spokesman" blah blah blah! Give us a name. If individuals will not step forward to take responsibility then they shouldn't have the job of making public statements. 


Who exactly are these people who find Christmas and Christianity so offensive? Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, in fact people of many faiths are in favour of the celebration of christmas by christians, just as they are in favour of the celebration of Eid, Hanukah, Diwali, by people of those faiths. Hiding behing the general phrase "other faiths" is a cop-out. We should be told exactly who it is that objects so strongly to christianity and christmas so we may decide if the objection has any merit.


STICK TO PRIORITIES


The police are part of the establishment. Whether we accept it or not, statements and messages from the establishment influence the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes of the masses.  It is imperative that such statements, campaigns and press exposure should contain LESS politically correct comment.


Stick to what you do best, locking up the baddies and keeping our communities safe. Stop protecting your backsides with risk averse diversity nonsense. We don't need you to waste millions telling us what we already know, that you'll be there for us - but we'll be mighty angry to hear you've spent the essential overtime budget that helps keep us safe, on posters and promises.  And on that note . . . . .
   

Monday, 21 December 2009

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR POLICE OFFICERS

A Merry Christmas To All Our Visitors!
We've all seen them on our patch, you know the houses .... the ones where the occupants simply must out-do their neighbours with a bigger neon christmas tree, life sized illuminated santa, sleigh and full team of reindeer, or perhaps saddest of all, the 20 ft horrid Homer Simpson!
Please be patient as the video buffers, it's worth the wait !
Imagine the lecky bill for this little lot!
video

Some people just can't stop showing off can they?

TO ALL OUR VISITORS . . . .

Please spare a thought this Christmas for the lads and lasses who will be doing their very best to ensure we all enjoy a safe and peaceful christmas - the police officers who will be working while we enjoy our rest over Christmas. Spare them a kind thought and send them your best wishes. We pray that your shifts pass peacefully and that you are able to enjoy some special festive times with your families and loved ones.

A special thank you goes out to the unsung heroes of police blogging this year and the years that have gone before. Having worked long, hard challenging shifts, dealing with the worst society can throw at them, they find the time and energy to write their articles, share their experiences, with a great passion for "What's right" and delivered in the most part, with good humour.

Thank you to one and all, you know who you are, for all your fine efforts. We look forward to plenty more and perhaps some well deserved reforms for you in 2010.

With best wishes

Steve & The Crime Analysis Team

Nice 1 Limited

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

LATEST GOVERNMENT MADNESS - POLICE TO INVESTIGATE ALL INCIDENTS



SURELY THIS IS COMPLETE AND UTTER MADNESS?


Police are to be forced to fully investigate every case reported to them under new Home Office rules . . .

“The new guidelines, which have the backing of police chiefs, mean officers will have to give every report their full attention and makes it far more likely that they will visit any alleged victim”.

This latest stream of DRIVEL from the Government is surely the most ill thought out nonsense yet? If it is indeed has the backing of the police chiefs, then this is truly the saddest indictment of just how out-of-touch these boys club members really are with operational policing.

In this article in The Telegraph, it explains that officers will have to give every report their full attention and makes it far more likely that they will visit any alleged victim.

If the police are forced to investigate every report, this will just exacerbate the bureaucracy mountain government have built. Clearly they have completely lost the plot. This is echoed by the common sense front line officers we speak to.

Exactly which cardboard box contains the thousands of extra officers required to investigate every nonsense call that discretionary policing would weed out?

So Mr Johnson, you propose slashing the police overtime budget by £70 million over the next six months, back office support staff by £75million, continue paying exhorbitant bonus and perks packages to Chief Constables for crime reduction statistics no one has any confidence in, decimate the manpower, smash the last morsels of morale, and create an insurmountable bureacracy mountain. Just for good measure, let's show the front liners they can't be trusted to use their common sense and discretion, we'll make them attend and investigate every fabricated and nonsense report so our backs are covered and we might just capture a few votes in the process. Absolute madness.

Chief Constables are so far from the coal face they wouldn’t recognise it, if it smacked them around the head. The higher up the tree they climb, the further from reality they slip, and yet still their voices are heard louder than the guys at the front line, with common sense and discretion waiting to be used. Only by placing our trust in their abilities and experience will the public see better policing in this country.

Simon Reids’ comments on behalf of the police federation, seem eminently sensible, and in line with the proposal to restore more discretion to front line officers : "We are going to end up investigating every incident to prove no crime has happened. We need to trust the officer's discretion. All we are doing is making the whole process more bureaucratic. Let's use our supervisors in the role they are designed to do. They should be looking at these crime reports when they come in."

Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, said: "This Government’s reputation over its use of crime figures is so shot to pieces that frankly most people will think that Labour Ministers are engaged in yet another attempt to massage figures for their own political advantage."

All we see is Labour issuing ridiculous vote catching propaganda and senior officers, apparently without thought or awareness of the operational consequences, echoing their sentiments. With all due respect to them all, the average member of the public wants to see effective and proportional transparent policing, delivered by effective coppers on the ground, not these airy fairy concepts dreamed up from within the gated confines of senior officers highly protected environments.

Sorry to rant, but this one will really widen the rift between Government and the front line troops and kill off what little public confidence remains.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

TOP COPS PAY & CRIME SCANDAL


As Christmas 2009 approaches and the Labour Government proposes slashing operational police overtime by £70million over the next six months, and plans to cut police support staff to the tune of £75million, you might find yourself asking “What the dickens is Alan Johnson playing at?”

Stronger expressions leap to mind when senior police pay scales, expenses and benefits are revealed, showing who gets paid what and what they get bonuses for. It is then that the real scandal emerges and more obvious and suitable targets for reduction jump off the page. In these desperate times for the private sector, hard-pressed taxpayers can only gasp at the lavish secret perks paid to senior police officers.

In a report published today, we will show how the crime reductions that form the basis of such payments to Chief Officers are dishonest and have been engineered by the upper echelons of policing with Government supervision and encouragement. Click here to view the report or click the link "TOP COPS PAY & CRIME SCANDAL" in the view our reports sidebar to the right. Police forces are using a series of tricks to manipulate crime figures to give a false picture of their performance, a former senior detective has revealed in the press within the last week (December 2009).

So what has all this subtefuge and secret senior officer activity to do with cutting police overtime?

This report presents alarming evidence supporting a widespread belief that the manipulation of crime statistics forms part of a conspiracy to deceive the public into believing that crime is decreasing. The orchestrators of this deceit are the Government and Home Office, aided and abetted by senior police officers, who are obscenely rewarded for their part in the plot.

Front line police officers are unable to untangle this web of deceit, despite protestations by many with an informed and accurate perspective at the public facing coal face. Distortion of the figures has led to misallocation of financial and human resources, resulting in the public being deprived of the policing it deserves. The gravy train of police funds has been milked and the “con” disguised through years of bureaucracy, performance targeting and distraction techniques, making the task of basic policing more difficult to deliver.

There is plenty of evidence that there are senior officers who are paid grossly disproportionate salaries and bonuses for perpetuating the deceitful illusion of crime reduction. The honour and distinction of achieving a high rank in public service has been replaced with greed, with a convenient blindness to the immorality of their actions. A full, transparent 43 force public enquiry is needed to force the disclosure of these illicit payments and inducements. Among the most disturbing are the revelations of Heather Brooke in the Guardian, about the expenses of Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers. The rot is clearly embedded within the “root and branch” culture of the highest ranking police officers, when the man who is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the Chief Officers in England & Wales sets such an example. ACPO, its finances and function will be analysed in detail in a later report.

If “cooking the books” of policing and crime statistics had no consequences, it would command no attention. The consequences however, are dire and plain for all to see. The victims in all of this are the tax payer, who is deprived of the police service his contributions are intended to provide, and the front line police officer who is forced into silent acceptance of a job that has become enmeshed with bureaucracy, risk averse policing and fiddled crime figures. Who could blame officers that have no faith or respect for senior officers and politicians who orchestrate a criminal deception of the highest magnitude for personal gain, and then expect the staff on the ground to do their dirty work with no resistance?

Alan Johnsons’ proposal for cutting frontline police overtime is not in the best public interest. A more appropriate target for savings surely lies within the senior officer pay structure. Our report shows that there is plenty of "fat" that should be cut from that source before even considering such an essential as operational police overtime.

We support the proposal that crime statistics should be properly independent. This would remove responsibility for compiling and publishing crime figures from the Home Office, who clearly cannot be trusted to be truthful with the electorate and not to apply their political spin. The responsibility should be placed with the Office for National Statistics which is totally independent. The pre-release access that Ministers and political advisers get to crime statistics should be abolished – so the public would be the first to get an honest account of the facts.

Politicians and Senior Police Officers may talk about resuscitating public trust. The party and individuals that demonstrates the transparency and complete honesty of their future reform intentions and follow it up with decisive action that is genuinely in the public interest, will have the best chance of achieving it.

Click here to view the report or click the link "TOP COPS PAY & CRIME SCANDAL" in the view our reports sidebar to the right.

Related reports (click links) :-

DECREASING CRIME BY FAIR MEANS OR FOUL
FORCE OR FARCE? - RECORDED CRIME

Crime Analysis Team – Nice 1 Limited

Friday, 4 December 2009

Force or Farce? - Police Recorded Crime 2009



Accurate and trusted crime recording and statistics are essential, not only to underpin the legitimacy of policing, but also to enable the effective allocation of resources. Unnecessary bureaucracy is caused when systems for recording crime become inefficient or worse, manipulated for personal or political reasons. The recording of crime should not receive more attention than the subsequent investigation. Trusted and accurate crime statistics are a key component of building confidence in policing and the Criminal Justice System.
 
In this paper, the crime analysis team at Nice 1 Ltd, will highlight an area that causes anxiety among front
line police officers - the crime recording process. Having collated numerous operational examples of how forces are encouraged to minimize incident numbers reported, we set about identifying the areas where there is greatest potential for manipulation. To read the latest report click here. Alternatively click the Force or Farce link in the sidebar to the "View Our Reports".

In a previous report “Home Office Crime Statistics – Decreasing Crime By Fair Means Or Foul”, we dealt with the disparity that exists in the incident numbers between the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime. In that report, we commented that crime statistics could not be considered accurate or trusted, but were rather “a pernicious conspiracy to deceive” with the Government being ultimately responsible for a sham two tier crime measurement system. In creating a performance target driven Criminal Justice System, a tangled web of bureaucratic systems have been implemented within the police service, disguising the true picture of crime and defeating the ends of justice the system is meant to serve.

By targeting senior police officers to reduce crime and increase detections with lucrative monetary rewards, (senior officers receive 15% bonus on top of six figure salaries for hitting crime reduction targets), the Government is assisted in its plot by willing co-conspirators. Senior officers looking to progress further are encouraged to devise systems and procedures that perpetuate the illusion of reducing crime.

This report takes the enquiry further, by exploring the flaws that exist within the police recorded crime process. Both reports can be viewed in the View Our Reports sidebar.

NEWS UPDATE - SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 09

Supporting the evidence we have presented in this and prior postings, an article appears in the Telegraph today that will blow the lid off the police force tricks to fiddle crime figures. 

Read the article here  or paste this link into your browser http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6736505/Police-force-tricks-to-fiddle-crime-figures.html

We will report on this further shortly.

Comments or observations are welcome to enquiries@nice-1.co.uk

Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Ltd

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

PROTECTING THE PUBLIC:Supporting The Police to Succeed : Home Office White Paper December 2009

LABOUR TO CUT POLICE OVERTIME BY 20% AND SLASH BACK OFFICE SUPPORT

A long-awaited Home Office document, meant to dramatically reform the police service and slash red tape, outlines moves to dramatically cut police overtime, once again putting the Government on a crash course with front line police officers.

The paper also proposes standard police uniforms, body armour and beat cars in England and Wales.

Last year forces in England and Wales spent around £400 million on overtime. The Home Secretary, Alan Johnson will slash resources for police work at a time when the public are demanding officers spend more time on the streets. However, he also proposes huge reductions in back room staff, who are supposed to help free up officer time.

The White Paper — Protecting the Public: Supporting the Police to Succeed — sets out the Government plan to save £70 million on police overtime and £75 million by making huge cuts in back office support services over the next six months.  

The draft, released today, is available for download by clicking here, or the link in the Reference and Resource side bar. A quote from the draft states  “We will deliver better value for money for the public and achieve more frontline delivery through improving business processes, reducing bureaucracy and better deployment, at the same time saving money by reducing overtime.”

The document contains plans and long-term policies they plan to introduce, including police officers in England and Wales being required to wear the same uniform if Labour are re elected. A separate distinctive national uniform is also to be introduced in the next parliament for police community support officers.

Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, said: "This is quite clearly a real damp squib of a White Paper. There is a lack of any new real ideas and we get a clear sense that we have now is a Labour Government which has run out of steam and has no idea how to reform policing in the UK."

Only sergeants and constables are paid overtime, officers working at the front line of our society. Front end policing is where the financial support should be focused and overtime is a vital part of delivering the policing the public wants and needs. Senior Officers should have the freedom and discretion to allocate overtime according to policing priorities.

"Supporting The Police to Succeed" hardly seems appropriate when accompanied by proposals that might just push police morale over the edge.  

Monday, 30 November 2009

HOME OFFICE CRIME FIGURES - CONSPIRING TO DECEIVE



In July each year, the Home Office produce the British Crime survey. The document relies upon two sets of statistics, police recorded crime and estimates drawn from a national survey of a large selection of members of the public.

The latest analysis from the team at Nice 1 has drawn together information from the 2008/09 British Crime Survey, prior surveys going back to 2002, and the Office for National Statistics for population figures of England & Wales both for the current year and relevant prior years.

To view or download the report click here. The report will also be posted in the side bar opposite.

The report contains observations that may be viewed as controversial in some quarters. Crime is under reported and misreported, which exacerbates the task of arriving at accurate data. This not only reduces public confidence, but also triggers the accusations of political advantage gained through manipulation of figures. Major reform is required if confidence is to be restored and the correct financial and human resources applied to deal with the problem. The reports and postings from this site are viewed by ministers and senior decision makers from Westminster and the UK police forces of  England & Wales. It is hoped that the observations and suggestions for reform contained on these pages will serve to raise public awareness of crime and policing issues and perhaps act as supportive material for those empowered to implement changes that are needed in the Criminal Justice System.

The latest report explores key areas affecting the accuracy (or otherwise) of crime statistics gathered and presented by the Home Office. We will maintain that the decreases in crime so proudly boasted by the Government are illusory, a pernicious conspiracy intended to deceive the tax paying public into believing the media hype producing political and financial advantage.

The Government are ultimately responsible for this sham. In creating a performance target driven Criminal Justice System, they have caused a tangled web of bureaucratic systems to be implemented within the police service, disguising the true picture of crime and defeating the ends of justice the system is meant to serve.

In targeting senior police officers to reduce crime and increase detections with lucrative target related bonuses, (senior officers receive 15% on top of their six figure incomes for achieving performance targets), the Government is assisted in its plot by a team of co-conspirators. Senior officers looking to progress further are encouraged to devise systems and procedures that perpetuate the illusion of reducing crime and increased detections.

The report looks in detail at :-

  • The strength of each police force in England & Wales from 2002 to present day


  • The population for each police force area for the corresponding period


  • BCS & recorded crime levels for each force & region for the period

Finally, the report brings all of the information together to display the disparity between the two systems and how this adds additional burden to the frontline police officer and how it affects the frequency of crime.

The report concludes that the tax payer is being cheated and deceived. Senior officers who have tried to bring the truth to the surface are conveniently removed to keep the “Gravy Train” on its tracks. Another victim of this plot is the front line police officer. When Chief Constables announce yet another year of decreased crime, the paymasters cannot justify increased budgets when a force has allegedly performed so well with its existing financial and human resources. The cycle to perform continues and the deception increases.

The front line officer suffers with increased bureaucracy, crippling systems, sub standard equipment and the inevitable low morale. The public suffer through the system failing to provide the level of service expected by society from its police force.

To read the report now click here. Comments and observations are welcome on these pages or directly to the team at enquiries@nice-1.co.uk

Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Ltd

Thursday, 26 November 2009

A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM EMMA - THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF PC BILL BARKER


PC Bill Barker served with Cumbrian Police for 25 years

44-year-old PC Bill Barker was tragically killed last Friday whilst diverting traffic from Northside Bridge near Workington. The bridge collapsed in the heavy floods, plunging him into the River Derwent. Bill's body was found later at Allonby beach.  

His colleagues later described him as an "inspiration". Prime Minister Gordon Brown described PC Barker as a "very heroic, very brave man". Hazel Barker, his wife said the "amazing dad" died "doing the job he loved".

Bill and Hazel have four children - two boys and two girls aged between eight and 16. The youngest, Emma, has written an emotional open letter of thanks that we would like to reprint here.

"Thank you everyone for giving cards to me and my family and supporting us by giving us flowers, hugs and kisses. It has been a disaster over the last few days for my family and me, and people have been making dinner for our family. The nice people have been coming to see my mum and all our family as well as my Gran. My dog, Sam, went over to my dad's shoes and smelt them, then lay down beside them. I have about 500 cards and all of them make me better. Eleven people have come today as they love my family and, before I go, thank you for the cards. Love from Emma."   God bless you Emma.

The kind thoughts and best wishes of the world have been focused on Hazel and her family this week. We would like to add our heartfelt condolances and prayers for you all.

From everyone here at Nice 1 Limited

Monday, 23 November 2009

FATAL ATTRACTION MURDERESS ESCAPES FROM OPEN PRISON AFTER FOUR DAYS



In another example of how the Criminal Justice System of prisons and sentencing are failing to deliver, news broke today that Jane Andrews, the former aide to the Duchess of York who savagely murdered her boyfriend, has absconded from open prison four days after arriving to prepare for her eventual release. Andrews failed to return to HMP East Sutton Park in Kent yesterday evening. 

Andrews became known as “The Fatal Attraction Murderess”, and was jailed for life in 2001 for murdering millionaire businessman Tommy Cressman, 39 who had refused to marry her. She bludgeoned him with a cricket bat and stabbed him through the heart with a kitchen knife at his home in Fulham, West London.

Following an appeal in 2006 her sentence was reduced to 12 years, making her eligible for parole in 2012.

The London Standard reported in 2008 that Andrews had amassed more than £500,000 from property while in jail.. Whilst in custody, she has been earning £30,000 a year renting out her two-bedroom flat overlooking Battersea Park, which has nearly trebled in value to an estimated £600,000 over the past seven years.
 
The Parole Board approved Andrew’s move to open conditions in the the summer — despite objections from Mr Cressman’s family — after she convinced the panel of her remorse and that she was no longer danger to the public.
 
COMMENT
 
The prison population as of 20th November 2009 was 84,681, with a Useable Operational Capacity of 85,663, close to tipping point it seems.

In the last ten years the number of foreign nationals in prison has doubled and now represents over 14%(11,855) of the total prison population in England and Wales. (http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/)

Isn't it time consideration was given to repatriating convicted foreign nationals to their country of origin? This is no longer a race or culture issue. The average cost per prisoner place in 2008-2009 was £31,106 x by 11,855 = taxpayer burden of £368,761,630!

If the 11,855 places were available for UK convicted prisoners, is it too much of a stretch of the imagination that we might actually see an improvement in sentencing and tighter controls over convicted murderers movements?

Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited

Thursday, 19 November 2009

POLICE SHOOTING Watch The Video BEFORE You Read all the text.

POLICE SHOOTING Watch The Video BEFORE You Read all the text. Watch the video first - two or three times if you want - THEN read the text below.... DONT LOOK UNTIL YOU WATCH THE VIDEO!

video

You have to watch this one several times. But please remember the cops had to act in real time. THE SUSPECT DOES GET SHOT BY A POLICE OFFICER. This is for real.

*DO NOT scroll down and read until you see the video!

Watch the video and what do you see? Officers ordering the suspect to put the assault rifle down and it appears he is complying and then he is shot!

Is that what you see?

Want to know what it is like to work the streets and what risks you face daily?

Watch the video again and watch the suspect's right hand while he places the rifle down with his left hand. What you don't see, but the officer behind the suspect does see, is the suspect pulling a hidden handgun from his rear pants with his right hand. Watch as the bad guy goes down, the handgun is still in his right hand. Just a reminder - what you think you see at first does not always tell the truth. Watch it again, and learn!

Then pass this on to EVERYONE on your email list so they can do the same. Its time Mr Citizen and the press has a better understanding of why this guy REALLY got shot not to mention the cops laying their lives on the line...

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A Minute for Madeleine McCann

We would call upon every visitor to these pages to click the link below to Inspector Gadgets' site to see the post he has entered -

http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/4258/

On the site you will see a short video about Madelaine. There are some interesting comments below that post. One of which has a lists some very good points. There is a lot of unanswered questions about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and we sincerely hope that someday the world will know the full truth of the matter and pray for her safe return to her parents.

Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited

Sunday, 1 November 2009

DISGRACEFUL TRUTH OF THE LABOUR IMMIGRATION STRATEGY


Shifty: Jack Straw on BBC Question Time where he addressed Labour's immigration policy

The truth of the Labour immigration strategy is out. Immigration into Britain has risen uncontrollably.

The question many are asking is "how exactly has this happened?".

Was it absent-minded management or gross incompetence? Or worse, was it deliberate? This seems just too outrageous to consider. Surely a deliberate policy of mass immigration would have been tantamount to an attempt to change the very make-up of this country without telling the electorate?

If this had indeed been the strategy, there could not have been a more grave abuse of the entire process of democracy.

Make no mistake, this is exactly what happened.

It has been revealed this week that the Labour government implemented a deliberate and secret strategy of national cultural sabotage.  This astonishing news was revealed this week in a newspaper article by one Andrew Neather.  Mr Neather was a speech writer for Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

It was Mr Neather who wrote a speech in September 2000 for Barbara Roche, the then immigration minister, calling for a loosening of immigration controls. However, the true purpose of this strategy was carefully concealed from the electorate.

In 2001, the Labour manifesto disguised their real objective by stating that the immigration rules needed to reflect changes to the economy to meet skills shortages. The way the policy was constructed concealed a sinister shift of policy. Neather said that until 'at least February last year', when a new points-based system was introduced to limit foreign workers in response to increasing uproar, the purpose of the policy Roche ushered in was to open up the UK to mass immigration. To that end, the Labour strategy was successful.
  • 2.3 million migrants have swollen the population since 2001.
  • Work permits for migrants have quadrupled to 120,000 a year since 1997.  
Unless there is a dramatic change of policy, Britain's population will increase by seven million through immigration over the next 25 years. This rate of growth is three times as fast as in the Eighties. This would be simply unsustainable. Britain is already one of the most overcrowded countries in Europe.

The real reason this strategy was introduced, and the secrecy.

Neather has revealed that the Government's 'driving political purpose', was 'to make the UK truly multicultural'. It was politically motivated by ministers to radically transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. WHY? To destroy the right of British people to live in a society defined by its common history, religion, law, language and traditions. It set out to destroy the "culturally British" and to put another 'multicultural' identity in its place.

All of this was done without asking the British people whether they wanted their country and their culture to be transformed in this way.

                         "Labour 'deliberately let migrants in so Tories could be accused of racism"

Part of the devisive motivation by Labour ministers was 'to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date'. The former Labour adviser said the Government strategy was in part, to try to humiliate right-wing opponents of immigration. It is said that Labour 'deliberately let migrants in to make Britain more multicultural and so that Tories could be accused of racism'. The claim demonstrates a utterly disgraceful and irresponsible approach to decision-making.

Former Labour minister Frank Field said: 'I am speechless at the idea that people thought they could socially engineer a nation on this basis.'

Mr Neather said ministers hoped the report and strategy would enable Labour to paint the Conservatives as xenophobic and out of touch. 'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended - even if this wasn't its main purpose - to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date,' Mr Neather added.

Tory leaders William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard were attacked by Labour as out of touch when they raised questions about immigration. Mr Hague was said to be 'playing the race card' in 2001 when he accused Mr Blair of turning Britain into a 'foreign land'. Mr Howard was called a 'racist' in 2004 when he went to the BNP stronghold of Burnley to criticise Labour's stance on asylum seekers.


Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green said: 'It would be a disgracefully irresponsible way for a government to run their immigration policy. To organise it on the basis of what might embarrass the Opposition would be shameful. I would urge the Home Affairs Select Committee to look at this whole episode. Ministers must now be honest with the British people. Do they still believe, as they did five years ago, that uncontrolled immigration is good for the country?'.


It was this gratuitous left-wing bullying that Neather found to be 'a manoeuvre too far'. As far as the overall strategy went though, Neather could see nothing wrong in the actions he revealed. Suprisingly, he thinks it's something to boast about. "Mass immigration", he wrote, "provided the 'foreign nannies, cleaners and gardeners' without whom London could hardly function".

How arrogant, elitist, irresponsible and downright criminal is that!

Neather implied that most immigrants are Eastern Europeans. In fact, these comprise fewer than a quarter of all immigrants. Despite his misguided and innacurate assmptions, schools in very high immigration areas find it desperately difficult to cope with so many children who don't even have basic English.

Health, housing, the prison and Criminal Justice System are similarly being overwhelmed by the sheer weight of numbers.

"Immigration and Crime"

A concern about immigration is that it could lead to more crime. An early draft of the later censored Labour report covered the subject - but deciding it was a too sensitive it would be best to cut it from the final version. One of the passages read: 'There is emerging evidence that the circumstances in which asylum seekers are living is leading to criminal offences, including fights and begging.' Another declared: 'Migration has opened up new opportunities for organised crime.' There were likely consequences of more 'marriage rackets' - and also drug dealing, people trafficking and fraud.

Instead of looking how a problem could be addressed a decision was made to ignore it.


Neather's most shocking revelation was that the mass immigration policy wasn't introduced to produce nannies or cleaners for the better off. It was to transform Britain into a multicultural society where British attributes would have no greater status than any other country's. A measure of controlled immigration is accepted as good for a country.

"The Labour Immigration Strategy conveniently guaranteed a labour voting electorate"

This strategy was never intended to enhance British culture and society by broadening the mix. It was to destroy the very character that defines its uniqueness. It also guaranteed (conveniently) an increasingly Labour-voting electorate. A recent survey by the Electoral Commission confirms that some 90 per cent of black people and three-quarters of Asians vote Labour.

According to Neather, mass immigration provided so many overwhelming benefits, he couldn't understand the nervous response of concerned ministers. Ministers were, he wrote, reluctant to discuss what increased immigration would mean, especially to white working class representing Labour's core voter.

So, sworn to secrecy, they continued their disgraceful strategy. The party faithful knew full well that to reveal the truth the truth about what they were doing, would create uproar in amongst the electorate.

 
So they made sure it was left it out of their election manifestos Those responsible conspired to deceive the electorate into voting for them. Now it is these very people who have the cheek to inflate themselves in self-righteous indignation at the rise of the BNP. Little wonder Jack Straw was so cagey on "Question Time"... when he was asked whether it was the Government's failure to halt immigration which lay behind increasing support for the BNP'


This was no mere failure of policy. It was deliberate. From the very mouth of the Labour speech writer, we now know that Mr Straw and his cohorts plotted to flood the country with immigrants to change its very character and identity.

"The Labour strategy is backfiring - 22% of British voters considering the BNP"

This more than any other reason is why Nick Griffin has gained so much support. According to a YouGov poll taken after Question Time, no fewer than 22 per cent of British voters would now 'seriously consider' voting for the BNP.

Nearly one quarter of British people considering voting for a neo nazi party with views abhorrent to democracy, human rights and common decency is a staggering indictment of the Labour legacy.

For years we have watched as our country's landscape has been transformed out of all recognition - and politicians from have told us that it isn't happening and that we are racist bigots to object even if it is.

Now the political landscape has been transformed overnight by the unguarded comments of Andrew Neather's eye-opening revelations. We now know that Labour politicians actually made this happen - with total contempt for their own core voters.

Neather commented that the jobs filled by immigrant workers 'certainly wouldn't be taken by unemployed BNP voters from Barking or Burnley - fascist au pair, anyone?' So that's how New Labour sees the white working class, supposedly the very people it is in politics to champion. Should they be suprised then that its core vote is now choosing to emigrate in such large numbers to the BNP when Labour treats them like this?

Condemned out of its own mouth, by its own reprehensible conduct -  it is New Labour that is responsible for the rise of the BNP - by an act of utter treachery to the entire nation.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

MURDER OF WPC FLETCHER - GADAFFI "SORRY?"


According to press agency Reuters, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has said "we are sorry" for the 1984 killing of a British policewoman outside the Libyan embassy in London which led Britain to suspend ties between the two countries for years.

Yvonne Fletcher died after being hit by shots fired from the embassy during a demonstration against Gaddafi.

"She is not an enemy to us, and we are sorry all the time and (offer) our sympathy, because she was on duty, she was there to protect the Libyan embassy, but this is the problem that should be solved -- but who did it?" Gaddafi said in an interview with Sky News, to be broadcast on Monday.

Britain's foreign ministry said in a statement: "We agree with him that this issue needs to be resolved.

"Libya can help in the search for answers by allowing the UK police to return to Libya to complete their investigations into the murder of WPC Fletcher."

Chairman of the police federation, Paul McKeever, met with Daniel Kawczynski MP last week, following an Early Day Motion being tabled.

The motion expressed astonishment at reports in the Daily Telegraph on 16 October 2009 that the Crown Prosecution Service believed there to be sufficient evidence two years ago to charge Matouk Mohammed Matouk and Abdulgader Mohammed Baghdadi in connection with the murder of WPC Fletcher; deploring the Libyan government's continuing obstruction of efforts to bring her killers to justice; and called on the Secretary of State for Justice to make a statement to the House immediately.


Relations with Britain were only resumed 15 years later when Libya "accepted general responsibility for the actions of those within the (embassy)...and expressed deep regret to the family" to whom it agreed to pay compensation.

Gaddafi said Britain and Libya had enjoyed good economic relations, even when diplomatic ties had been broken.

The United States in late 2003 began a process of rapprochement with Libya, after decades of estrangement, because of Tripoli's decision to abandon the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.

Gaddafi also talked about the release of former Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison where he had been serving a life sentence for the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing in which 270 people, mainly Britons and Americans, died.

Libya angered Britain and the United States over the warm public reception it gave to Megrahi, who was freed in August on compassionate grounds as he has terminal cancer.

Critics of the move accused the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the devolved Scottish administration, of freeing Megrahi to win business deals with Libya.

Gaddafi brushed off the issue saying: "It is a matter of concern for the British, Scots, Americans. We are not really concerned about it."

Gadaffi sorry? - Yeah, sounds like it.

If you're really sorry, produce Matouk Mohammed Matouk and Abdulgader Mohammed Baghdadi for them to face the Justice of a British Court NOW.

10 DOWNING STREET PETITION . . . .

WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed outside the libyans people bureau in 1984. Her killer was released from the bureau and returned to Libya a few days later. In view of the compassion shown by the UK to the lockerbie bomber, her killer should be returned to the UK to face justice.

A petition has been raised on the site http://www.number10.gov.uk/

To support this petition click http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/YvonneFletcher/


Deadline to sign up by: 28 December 2009 – Signatures: 9,260 (as of 25th October 2009)

Crime Analysis Team
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No faith in police statistics?



As the Government seek to maintain that crime is falling, its claim is undermined by the disclosure that police forces are routinely failing to record many violent offences. HM Inspector of Constabulary found that vicious street attacks and wife beatings are being wrongly dismissed as "no crimes". The police inspectorate found that one in three decisions to record a violent incident as “no crime” were wrong. If the findings, based on a small sample, are repeated across England and Wales it would mean that an estimated 5,000 violent offences a year are being wrongly dismissed.


While serious assaults are only a small proportion of total crime, can we place any faith in other statistics provided by the police?

The recorded crime figures have become almost impossible to take seriously. The Home Office has changed the methodology so dramatically since 1997 that comparing figures for crime over time has deliberately been made an impossible task. This allows ministers to rely upon the British Crime Survey as their preferred measure of offending, even though it was introduced in the 1980s to complement, not replace, police figures.

But far more important than the manipulation of dodgy figures is the fact that thousands of victims have received no justice; indeed, they have not even had their ordeal taken seriously. Two stories have exemplified the backward approach which prevails: an investigation of an attack on a 17-year-old girl was dropped because of the cost of sending her clothes away for DNA tests; yet a man who returned a £5 takeaway meal he had ordered was arrested by four officers, interrogated for 20 hours and charged with criminal damage.

A female pensioner said she was pushed to the floor, banged her head and was kicked repeatedly by four offenders while on the ground. The force recorded the crime as inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. HMIC would classify it as wounding or carrying out an act endangering life, a form of Most Serious Violence.

A victim of an attack in a pub said he was punched repeatedly in the head, pushed to the floor and continually kicked. The injuries included a swollen eye, cuts and swelling to the head and cheek and bruising to knees, legs and hands. The force recorded the crime as ABH (Assault With Less Serious Injury) while HMIC would classify it as attempted grievous bodily harm with intent (Most Serious Violence).

A husband allegedly smashed up his wife’s car, threw things at the window and threatened her with a stick. The force classified the offence as an incident while HMIC would classify it as a criminal damage.

Denis O’Connor, the chief inspector of constabulary, said: “It’s a very high error rate on a small sample. For us, as the regulator, it’s a matter of concern.”

Denis O'Connor Chief Inspector of Constabulary


Of the 479 incidents that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) examined, 35.7 per cent of the decisions were found to be wrong. The report’s findings raise concerns that officers are under pressure to dismiss some crimes in order to make their forces appear better and to meet government targets.

Warped priorities such as these result in a corrosive decline in public trust of the police. Mr O'Connor said "perverse targets" set by the Government might be partly to blame. But there must come a time when the authorities take direct responsibility for such inanities.

The HMIC report came on the same day that the quarterly crime statistics were released by the Home Office. They showed that between April and June, compared to the same three-month period last year, more burglaries, robberies and personal thefts were recorded. Domestic burglary rose by 3 per cent, robbery by 1 per cent and personal theft by 5 per cent. The economic downturn is one possible reason for the rise.

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: “The increase in burglary rates is worrying since it is the unemployed who are most likely to be the victims – making life even tougher for them at the moment.”

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “This is the fourth quarter in a row in which theft and burglary have risen as the recession bites. Senior police officers warn that we have not yet seen the full extent of the credit crunch crime wave.”



Crime Analysis Team
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Friday, 23 October 2009

PETITION TO BRING THE MURDERER OF WPC FLETCHER TO JUSTICE



WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed outside the libyans people bureau in 1984. Her killer was released from the bureau and returned to Libya a few days later. In view of the compassion shown by the UK to the lockerbie bomber, her killer should be returned to the UK to face justice.

A petition has been raised on the site http://www.number10.gov.uk/

To support this petition click http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/YvonneFletcher/

Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Cash For Crash Fraudster staged almost 100 car crashes and cost insurers £1.6m



• Mohammed Patel charged £500 a time to stage 'accidents'
• Office workers noticed high number of crashes at roundabout

A "crash for cash" fraudster who lived the high life on the proceeds of staged accidents and cost the insurance industry £1.6m was jailed today.

Mohammed Patel, 24, charged £500 a time to stage accidents which enabled fraudsters to claim an average of £17,000 from insurers. He staged at least 93 crashes, earning himself around £46,000, Manchester's Minshull Street crown court heard.

Patel, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, admitted one count of conspiracy to defraud, six counts of dangerous driving and four counts of driving while disqualified. He was jailed for four and a half years and banned from driving for three and a half years.

William Baker, prosecuting, said Patel's earnings funded an "Aladdin's cave" at the home of his unemployed girlfriend, Ettorina Hay. The court heard the pair enjoyed luxurious foreign holidays and drove expensive cars.

Baker said the scam was exposed by suspicious office workers at Bovis Homes, who overlooked the Eden Point roundabout on the A34 at Cheadle Hulme. He said that in the latter part of 2005 "they became suspicious that road traffic accidents were being staged" because of the number and similarities of crashes.

Baker, describing the set-up, said: "One vehicle colliding with another at low speed with minor damage and often the same person driving the lead vehicle. They told drivers of the rear vehicles they thought they were the victim of fraud."

Baker said: "Mohammed Patel staged the road traffic accidents. He drove cars on to the roundabout and then stopped them so abruptly the vehicle behind could not avoid a collision.

Fraudulent claims, submitted by people not present at the scene whom Patel purported to be, were then made. Claims would include compensation for injuries such as whiplash, damage to the vehicle, a hire car, and storage of the damaged vehicle.

Baker said Patel staged the accidents between May 2005 and August 2008. Patel was arrested in Bolton on 7 August last year and gave a prepared statement to police. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Crime Analysis Team
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

CRIME MAPPING - IS POLICE RECORDED CRIME A TRUE MEASURE?


Click on the map above to see full size.

An interactive map offering detailed crime statistics on every street in England and Wales crashed hours after its launch today.


Users in London, Yorkshire, Humberside and Manchester were unable to access the detailed online map.

Those attempting to visit the site, http://maps.police.uk/  were shown an automated message saying it was temporarily unavailable.

The teething problems surfaced as Home Office minister David Hanson officially unveiled the website during a visit to a regeneration project in south west London. He was joined by National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) deputy chief executive Steve Mortimore, whose colleagues drew up the map.

The website aimed to offer members of the public unprecedented access to information about crimes taking place in their neighbourhood. The national map follows on the heels of regional versions created by the 43 forces across England and Wales.

Users should be able to access figures on levels of burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour. They can also compare one area against another and compare figures against the same period the previous year to see if crime is getting better or worse. The website also offers messages from senior officers and links to local policing priorities and information about forthcoming crime-fighting events.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The high level of public interest in the new national crime map has put temporary pressure on the website. Urgent work is under way to resolve this and the website should be working again shortly."

The launch of the “Crime Mapping” facility, http://maps.police.uk/ unites the crime statistics of the 43 police forces of England & Wales  under one software banner for the first time.

This is long overdue. Only yesterday an article posted on this site complained that the Home Office were allowing 8 forces responsible for 40% of the population and 48% of crime to use their own software. Cynical perhaps, but we suspected that this was yet another Home Office strategy to prevent the general public from accessing the full picture of current recorded crime, and also continuing the “fudging” of figures.

After the shaky start when the facility kept freezing up, it started to work more efficiently this evening. We have attached a composite report of the 43 forces current recorded crime for Burglary, Car Crime, Robbery and All recorded crime. On completion, we are not one bit convinced that the police recording of crime is now an accurate reflection of crime in the UK.

A few observations.

• The “All Crime” monthly average for the most recent three months is 357,365 incidents

• On that basis, the full year forecast will be 4,288,380 crimes

• In 2008 the recorded crime incident was 4,703,814 (-415,434)



• Will we be expected to believe a crime reduction of 13.4% ??

• This is more than a months full crime reporting for the nation!

• In 2008 as in previous years, the BCS estimates of crime were over twice that of recorded crime

• Front line officers tell us that if anything, the volume of crime is increasing NOT decreasing

• Crimes are often misclassified… robbery downgraded to theft, car theft included in burglary when keys are stolen on egress

• How many crimes are not now reported as such, if the victim does not insist? (Citizen focus?)

• Has public confidence sunk so low that they have simply lost all faith in reporting?

• The BCS last year suggested that reporting had dropped as low as 33% for some offences, to 38% overall

To quote from the Home Office BCS : “For the crime types it covers, the BCS provides a better reflection of the true extent of household and personal crime than police recorded statistics because the survey includes crimes that are not reported to or recorded by the police. The primary purpose of the BCS is to provide national level analysis but some headline figures are available at regional and police force area level. The BCS is also a better indicator of long-term trends than police recorded crime because it is unaffected by changes in levels of reporting to the police or police recording practices”.

• This implies that the Government will place importance on police recorded crime only when it suits them. i.e. If recorded crime shows a decrease, with all the measures introduced to achieve that.

• The table below shows a steady decline in reporting of overall crime in the last 12 years, coincidentally the years of New Labour.

• Does this explain the “gap” of crimes that seem to have appeared in the reduction of reported crime?

• With so many new offences created, we are advised that it is simple to reallocate a reported offence to a lesser category.

• Section 5 Public Order Offences (crimeable) are now commonly demoted to drunk and disorderly (no crime report)

• Of those interviewed by BCS, 76% said they did not report because they felt the police would not/could not do anything

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• Is that what the CJS has come to, that the public won’t report because they have lost heart?

• Could this be a major contributory factor to the decrease in recorded crime?

• Has the massive surge in bureaucracy resulted in the massive misreporting of crime?

• How timely that the Government have pushed through the alignment of 43 forces data for current crime

• Are they planning yet another media spin about how crime has been dramatically decreased thanks to their effort?

• The recorded crime shows reductions of 5% burglary, 18% car crime, 7% for robbery and overall crime

• The target, performance and senior officer bonus culture will continue to “fudge” until stopped.

• We are guessing that a Home Office release will be imminent.

We wish we could accompany all of this skepticism with a dose of solutions, but unfortunately, we cannot yet see an answer. Clearly, the crime recording system is flawed and unreliable as a measure of crime. Detections are similarly distorted it would seem. It will be a courageous team that arrives at an acceptable solution that will encourage confidence to return, in the face of a Government and senior management teams that will apply many more dirty tricks to keep their noses buried in that trough. The BCS is only based on a trawl of 46,000 members of the public which hardly seems representative.

Dominic Grieve stated it so well. “We would advocate and support the proposal to make crime statistics properly independent. This would remove responsibility for compiling and publishing crime figures from the Home Office. The responsibility should be placed with the Office for National Statistics which is totally independent. The pre-release access that Ministers and political advisers get to crime statistics should be abolished – so the public would be the first to get an honest account of the facts. Any politician can talk about resuscitating public trust”.

The party that demonstrates their intentions and follows it up with decisive transparent and honest action that is genuinely in the public interest, will have the best chance of achieving it.

Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited

Monday, 19 October 2009

FUDGING CRIME STATISTICS IS NO WAY TO RESTORE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE


WHOOPEE!! Pass the rose coloured spex, crime is on the decrease, detections are on the increase. Or so the Government would have us believe.

Whilst the production of crime statistics remain the responsibility of the Home Office, the public faith in the Criminal Justice System will not be restored.

There are now countless examples of how this Government have manipulated the numbers to portray the impression that all in the garden is rosy.

According to research by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, trust in government Ministers to tell the truth is down from 27% (2006) to 22% (2008). Polls show politicians at the bottom of the list of professionals trusted by the public. What’s gone wrong, and what can be done about it?

At the most basic level, the Home Office has relied on the British Crime Survey to argue that violent crime has come down by 40% under this government, ignoring formal warnings by Sir David Normington, that ‘levels of the most serious violence are higher than they were ten years ago’. The BCS is an obviously poor measure of violent crime. It does not count homicide offences, rape and multiple assaults. It also excludes some of the most vulnerable victims of violence, including: the homeless, elderly people in care homes, students in digs and – until this year – all children. In fact, we know that police recorded violent crime has nearly doubled since 1997.

The Home Office clearly place great importance on the British Crime Survey (BCS), as this quote from the Home Office website confirms :-

"The BCS includes crimes which are not reported to the police, so it is an important alternative to police records. The BCS is a particularly important survey because it can provide a more complete picture of crime than police recorded crime statistics alone. The BCS includes crimes which are not reported to, or recorded by, the police and is therefore unaffected by changes in recording practices. It can provide the best guide to long-term trends in crime".

Reports from front line officers, of ridiculous levels of bureaucracy and procedure confirms what many of the public already suspect, that their effectiveness is severely impaired. This results in a lack of public confidence in the system of policing in the UK. How can the public be expected to have confidence in either BCS statistics or police recorded crime, when the BCS figures for 2008 suggest that over 10 million crimes were committed, yet the police recorded numbers amount to only 4.7 million?

Again front line officers provide an answer. They tell us that so much time is consumed recording and dealing with so many minor offences that are purely for the purposes of meeting political performance targets, that the most desired objective, providing protection where it's needed most, is the most impossible target of all to hit. This Government have introduced over 3000 new offences since arriving in office.

When Gordon Brown took office, he promised ‘a different type of politics – a more open and honest dialogue: frank about problems, candid about dilemmas’. And the reality? Back in June 2008, he responded to a planted question in Prime Minister’s Questions, by claiming ‘As far as CCTV is concerned, in the most recent experiment, in central Newcastle, CCTV reduced crime by 60 per cent’. Dig below the surface, and the study relied upon was not recent at all – but published in 1995. Whilst burglaries in central Newcastle allegedly fell by 56%, the wider area showed a fall in burglary of just 2%, whilst criminal damage and theft rose by 8%. The Prime Minister ignored as inconvenient subsequent Home Office studies (2005 and 2007) showing CCTV had ‘little overall effect on crime levels’ because 80% of CCTV footage is not fit for purpose.

THE WAY POLICE RECORD CRIME

Public access to information about crime in their local area has improved. And yet the Government still have not delivered on this promise to the full extent the public deserve.

The table below illustrates the 43 police forces of England & Wales, showing the population & households each force is responsible for, and the share of the national crime each polices.

The BCS is published in July each year detailing crime that occurred in the previous year. Six months have elapsed by the time the document goes to print. The statistics are already history, so what's a bit of manipulation and fudging here and there? The public will never know the difference, so why not exploit the opportunity to sensationalise and spin with inaccurate headlines? Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary in a recent speech, said that crime statistics are the least important part of the problem. Well, he would say that when the years of manipulation have served only to diminish public confidence still further.

Only by opening the books and exposing the real picture, will there be an opportunity for reform.

Have a look at the table. Of the 43 police forces 34 subscribe to the same analytical software that the public may view for the current crime in a particular area.

The top nine forces in the table police 41% of the population & households and a massive 48% of the nations crime. Yet these same forces are permitted, perhaps even encouraged to utilise their own software that is not as easily interrogated. The question has to be asked whether this is yet another Government strategy to make the collating of national current crime less accessible. The national picture of current crime is not easily obtained. When 48% of it is made difficult and laborious to compile, there are not many who would bother. And so, once again, the Government continues its charade of falling crime.

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Beyond the Home Office, the manipulation of government information has become endemic. The government has fiddled the figures on numbers claiming Jobseekers allowance to mask the true state of unemployment. The Treasury has disguised the level of government debt. Last year, the National Audit Office criticised the government for the way it counts carbon emissions, to overstate its record by up to 12%.

This is bad for policy-making – if you cover up the problems, how can you solve them? It also erodes public trust. Government must be much more honest about the challenges facing the country, if we are to begin to tackle them. Short-term spin must give way to proper long-term strategic thinking. That is the way to restore public confidence.

We would advocate and support the proposal to make crime statistics properly independent. This would remove responsibility for compiling and publishing crime figures from the Home Office, who clearly cannot be trusted to be truthful with the electorate and not to apply their political spin. The reposnsibility should be placed with the Office for National Statistics which is totally independent. The pre-release access that Ministers and political advisers get to crime statistics should be abolished – so the public would be the first to get an honest account of the facts. Any politician can talk about resuscitating public trust. The party that demonstrates their intentions and follows it up with decisive action that is genuinely in the public interest, will have the best chance of achieving it.

Crime Analysis Team
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