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Response, investigation and neighbourhood roles becoming less distinct as 'underqualified' officers carry out detective work. Division of duties: The full in tray Date - 2nd May 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 6 Comments Policing has admitted a new world order for the first time where “underqualified” officers do jobs for which they have not been trained. Lines of responsibility are becoming “less distinct” as inexperienced response teams are carrying out investigations, often without enough supervision, amid a chronic national shortage of detectives. Bobbies on the beat are dealing with burglaries, thefts and assaults as a quarter of victims in a sample of cases did not receive the service they should expect, an assessment by the police watchdog inspectors has revealed. High-volume crimes are being resolved over the phone or allocated to officers without the necessary experience or qualifications, according to the first Peel spotlight report of 2019 from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. Failings included opportunities to gather evidence not being followed up or potential lines of inquiry being missed. And redeploying neighbourhood officers, often to response, can damage their crime prevention work, limiting their engagement with communities, the report warns. HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: "It used to be that you would have your CID, your response force, your community policing and they all had very discrete jobs. "Response officers didn't do investigations. Now they do. They don't have the same accreditation, they don't have the same experience." HMICFRS said investigations had become more complex because of the growth of online crime, the need to examine data on personal devices and improvements in identifying vulnerable victims. While high-risk probes were allocated to specialist investigators, frequently committed offences, such as burglary and theft from vehicles, were often resolved over the telephone or assigned to neighbourhood or response officers. "These officers often don't have enough formal training and qualifications in investigation," the report said. HMICFRS inspectors reviewed 2,608 randomly selected files from crimes recorded in the first three months of last year. They found that three quarters of theft offences and common assaults had "effective" investigations. The report said: "This means a quarter of these complainants aren't getting the service they should expect." The trend has emerged amid a shortfall in detectives and investigators, which the inspectorate has previously described as a "national crisis". HMICFRS says there has been some progress, with the deficit falling from 19 per cent to 14 per cent, but warned it would be a "few years" before all vacancies were filled. Mr Parr said: "There's a shortage of detectives to do the routine detective work, and very often it's being farmed out to people who do their best but are not trained at the same level." The Peel report A system under pressure – an overview of general findings that emerged in inspections of 14 forces – also found: Local policing is being "eroded" as neighbourhood officers are re-deployed, limiting their engagement with communities; Pressures of increased demand are stretching forces' ability to root out corruption and having an adverse effect on officer well-being; The number of 999 calls increased by five per cent nationally to nearly 10 million in 2017-18; and At the same time there was a three per cent fall in calls to the 101 non-emergency number, prompting the inspectorate to suggest the public are "losing confidence" in the service. The inspectorate concluded that police were delivering a good level of service with "dwindling resources", but warned that "cracks in the system" were widening. Mr Parr said: "Many of the forces we inspected are in general providing a good service to the public, but all are faced with competing priorities that if not managed correctly could see this service deteriorate." Police resources have repeatedly come under the spotlight following funding reductions and a fall of 21,000 in the number of officers from 2010 to 2018. Last year a Commons report warned policing risked becoming "irrelevant" amid vanishing neighbourhood presences and low detection rates. National Police Chiefs' Council chairman Martin Hewitt said the inspectorate had graded the majority of forces as either good or outstanding. He added: "Police chiefs, along with many others working in policing, have been very clear that the service is under severe pressure and requires additional long-term funding." The NPCC said it was working with other policing organisations to address challenges in recruiting and retaining detectives. A Home Office spokesman said: "We recognise new demands are putting pressure on the police and we are committed to ensuring they have the resource they need. "This is why we have provided more than a £1 billion increase in police funding compared to last year, including Council Tax and funding to tackle serious violence. "We are pleased to see detective capacity has increased by 5% this year, but are clear that forces must continue to make progress on reducing the shortfall to improve their investigative capabilities." The 14 forces inspected by HMICFRS were: City of London, Cumbria, Durham, Dyfed Powys, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Kent, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, West Midlands and Wiltshire. View On Police Oracle
Good morning, Thank you Sir Penguin, I am still try to understand the website and get the most of it . ''I was wondering if anyone knows how long it takes for them to process the applications and offer interview . I have recently obtained a degree however they still need a level 3 qualification so I am not entirely sure whether I was to invest £900 in education when I already owe £25.000. Update : I have actually found a different provider which accepts instalments and its better rather paying everything in one go, so I should be fine with the level 3 qualification, as I understand the importance and advantage of it i.e training will last less apparently,knowledge gained etc Additionally, if living in a different city ( Birmingham ) will be detrimental for my application i.e if they have a preference of candidates living in Cheshire,I applied because I know it a great police force and their plans for the future to tackle crime are great and many other reasons, so i suppose i forgot to think that living there would be an advantage. However I have been researching and reading more about their relationship with the community and their reactions to crimes,needs, complaints and compliments .. Thank you
Chief Bakes posted a topic in UK Policing NewsSeveral British police forces have questioned newsagents in an attempt to monitor sales of a special edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine following the Paris attacks, the Guardian has learned. Officers in Wiltshire, Wales and Cheshire have approached retailers of the magazine, it has emerged, as concerns grew about why police were attempting to trace UK-based readers of the French satirical magazine. Wiltshire police apologised on Monday after admitting that one of its officers had asked a newsagent to hand over the names of readers who bought a special “survivors’ issue” of the magazine published after its top staff were massacred in Paris last month. Related: UK police force apologises for taking details of Charlie Hebdo readers The case in Corsham, Wiltshire, was thought to be an isolated incident but it has since emerged that Cheshire Constabulary and Dyfed-Powys police have also approached newsagents over the sale of Charlie Hebdo. In at least two cases – in Wiltshire and in Presteigne, Wales – officers have requested that newsagents hand over the names of customers who bought the magazine. “This is so ridiculous as to be almost laughable. And it would be funny if it didn’t reflect a more general worrying increase in abuse of police powers in invading privacy and stifling free speech in Britain,” said Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of free expression campaign group Index on Censorship. “Does possessing a legally published satirical magazine make people criminal suspects now? If so, I better confess that I too have a copy of Charlie Hebdo.” Paul Merrett, 57, the owner of a newsagent in Presteigne, Wales, said a detective and a police community support officer from Dyfed-Powys police spent half an hour asking his wife Deborah, 53, about the magazine. “They wanted to know about Charlie Hebdo. They came in unannounced and we had customers,” he said. “There were questions asking where we got the Charlie Hebdo copies from, did we know who we sold them to – which we didn’t say. We were a bit bemused because it was out of the blue.” “My wife said, ‘Am I in trouble?’ because she thought she was in trouble for selling them. They said, ‘No, you’re not in trouble’ but just continued with their questioning for half an hour.” Merrett added: “It was all about Charlie Hebdo. I guess they wanted names and addresses of people we sold them to, which we didn’t tell them anything like that. We sold 30 copies. “My wife was a bit worried with the questioning but she certainly wouldn’t have given any names to the police. I’m shocked they asked. They wanted to know where we got the copies from, how did we let the customers know that we had them.” A Dyfed-Powys police spokeswoman declined to say why officers sought the names of Charlie Hebdo readers but said: “Following the recent terrorism incidents, Dyfed Powys Police have been undertaking an assessment of community tensions across the force area. “Visits were made to newsagents who maybe distributing the Charlie Hebdo magazine to encourage the newsagent owners to be vigilant. We can confirm the visits were only made to enhance public safety and to provide community reassurance.” In Warrington, Cheshire, a police officer telephoned a newsagent that had ordered one issue of the magazine for a customer, who asked to remain anonymous. She said: “My husband ordered a copy of the special edition of Charlie Hebdo from our local newsagent in North Cheshire. “Several days later the latter had a phone call from the police, saying they’d been told that he had been selling and advertising Charlie Hebdo in his shop. He replied that this was untrue: he had supplied in total one copy, concealed, to a customer who was a French lecturer. I find the police action quite disturbing.” DCI Paul Taylor, of Cheshire Constabulary, said he was not aware of any officer contacting newsagents by telephone but added: “We were aware of the potential for heightened tensions following the attacks in Paris. Therefore where it was felt appropriate officers visited newsagents to provide reassurance advice around the time of its publication.” The MP and former Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis said he thought the police action was more “stupid than sinister” but disquieting nonetheless. “Quite what they think they’re doing and why they are wasting police time tracking down individual readers of Charlie Hebdo, really makes you wonder what sort of counter-terrorism and security policy those police forces are pursuing. “It also has to be said that when police forces check up on what you are reading it’s unsettling in a democracy. I’m quite sure it’s not intentionally so, but it is unsettling and not something you should do lightly.” The Metropolitan police said they were unaware of any such investigations by their officers in London. A spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said there had been no national guidance issued to forces about approaching newsagents that stocked copies of Charlie Hebdo. However, counter-terrorism officers are known to have shared intelligence nationally following an assessment of potentially vulnerable communities after 17 people were killed in three days of violence in Paris. The attacks began with two gunmen bursting into the Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices and opening fire in revenge for its publication of satirical images of the prophet. In the UK, counter-terrorism officers have stepped up protection of police officers and the Jewish community over concerns that they may be targeted by Islamist militants. Five million copies of the magazine – which has a usual print run of around 60,000 – were published in a special edition, with about 2,000 of them reportedly distributed in the UK. View the full article