Police numbers have hit a record high in England and Wales, according to the latest figures released by the Home Office.
The annual police service strength statistics (new window) show that the number of police officers has increased by 1,921 since March last year.
This is a rise of 1.4% and brings the total number of officers to 142,151.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said that the figures are ‘encouraging,’ but said that the fight against crime is 'not just a numbers game.'
'What matters most is that the workforce delivers the best possible service to the public.
'Chief constables have more power than ever before to ensure they focus their resources on what matters to local people and what affects their communities.'
The figures also show that women represent 27% of rank and file officers.
There are now 6,290 black and minority ethnic police officers, which is an increase of 497 in the last year.
Source : http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/
WHAT THE REPORT DOESN'T SAY . . . . . . .
- How many officers are actually ON THE STREET doing the real job at the sticky end?
- How many are tied up in desk jobs and not available for front line duties?
- Will the Home Office bureaucracy plan release any office staff for real policing?
- Will busy town centres remain under policed when cover is needed most?
- How many "On The Street" hours are actually achieved BY force area?
- Is that the majority of forces have now had their recruitment budgets FROZEN
To quote Alan Johnson:
'What matters most is that the workforce delivers the best possible service to the public. Chief constables have more power than ever before to ensure they focus their resources on what matters to local people and what affects their communities.'
If only the members of the public and the officers on the front line could be given some confidence that there was light at the end of the tunnel.
There are more officers tied up in committees, strategy planning and statistical fudgery than dealing with crime and related matters on the street. All because politicians and civil servants play too significant a role in policing this country.
Policing at a local level, with local accountability is essential if real improvement is to be witnessed.
The timing of this report, concurrent with the release of crime statistics announcing further reductions in crime do not give rise for confidence.
Reports from the frontline (and we will provide detail in future posts) suggest that the crime statistics are manufactured with political pressure.
Why should we then place any creedance on a report bragging about police strength being at an all time high, when the frontline feedback is that police manpower where it's needed, is woefully inadequate?
LET'S HAVE SOME TRANSPARENCY FOR ONCE MR JOHNSON!!
- Tell us about the admistrative detection rates that skew the crime figures in your favour . .
- Tell us about the holding back of crime reporting to reflect lower annual crime rates . . . .
- Tell us the real policing numbers of officers actually on the street, by man hours please . . .
- Tell us how many hours officers are tied to the nick dealing with paperwork . . . . .
- Tell us what difference 1921 new officers will make in the scheme of things . . . . . .
According to frontline sources, you already have enough officers. That isn't in question. It is how those officers are deployed and at what critical times, for crime prevention and detection... That is what the public and the overworked front liners want to know.
Go on tell us ! If you dare.
With Kind Regards
The Crime Analyst Team
Nice 1 Limited