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  1. Hi I am hoping that some police officers here or people knowledgeable will be able to help with this matter. I was witness to and asked to take part in theft and fraud by an individual and so have all the evidence needed for the police to prosecute an individual for these crimes. I reported a serious crime involving theft and fraud over 101 due to pandemic. The police have refused to investigate claiming it's civil matter (and that I should ask the company from whom the property has been stolen to issue civil proceedings). However, it is not and I told them that the various parts of the theft act and fraud act had been violated and that this person has a very responsible position with access to venerable adults and children and if they behave in this way, then they pose a risk to these individuals. I really didn't understand why they would not investigate. I put in a complaint to PSD about their lack of investigation of these crimes and I am a victim and a witness and that this is not a civil matter. The PSD replied a few days later that what has happened is "proportionate" and it's a civil matter. I then submitted a complaint under Schedule 3 Police Reform Act, 3 day later I am again told my complaint has been investigated and recorded under Sch 3 and it is a civil matter. I don't think a sch 3 investigation has been done (as I doubt that can happen in 3 days) and I do not think it has been recorded a a crime even though the policies say that if a victim believes they have been subject of a crime, then it should be recorded as a crime - this is probably to (a) avoid having it as a crime statistic and (b) that if they log it as a crime then it will have to be investigated. So they again copy and pasted the same response to my previous complaint "civil matter etc ...". Now PSD have told me I can complain to Mayor's office of policing if I am not happy. I am very unhappy about all this. This is my first reported crime the police EVER and they have refused to investigate it or even log it as a crime which is concerning and shocking to me. Please can anyone tell me what or how can I get the police to take this seriously and investigate it as a crime. How should I word my complaint to the Mayor's office to get them to take it seriously. The person that has committed these crimes is a very dangerous character and if he's held responsible for this, it will mean that vulnerable adults and children are not at risk. I can prove these crime of theft and fraud as I was a witness and victim, but not more serious crimes I think he is up to. Thanks
  2. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/drifting-investigations-lost-safeguarding-cases-17128542 GMP are holding an urgent investigation into Computer failures creating a massive backlog of Crime reports and outstanding tasks. It is reported that there is a backlog of 42,000 Crime and other reports. They are holding the enquiry because of an HMIC's visit due in early November.
  3. SM_Banned

    Police Recorded Crime

    The National Crime Recording Standard artificially increase crime when it was introduced in 2002. Violence against the person increased from 502,000 in 1998/99 to 845,000 in 2004. was it an artificial increase? Americans tend to say that the Firearms Act 1997 increased crime and that banned pistols increased it. Police targeting gang activity might have increased crime. Do you think the increased crime rate is police targeting gangs during this time? Without the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard, the crime rate would probably have shown falls rather than increases. this is my interpretation. I had to take out harassment and religious/racial harassment which didn’t become a crime until 1998. The NCRS artificially increased violence against the person by 23%. The Home Office estimated the first year of NCRS, the total would have been 545,731 without it. The NCRS increases against what it would have been for 2003/04 and beyond is beset with difficulties. If it wasn’t for the NCRS, police recorded crime probably would have been closer to my estimates. violence against the person 2002 without NCRS -23% 545731-33,002 512729 population 52602143 974.7 0.9% 2003/04 615420-40522 574898 2004/05 651168-52117 599051 2005/06 594093-57192 536901 2006/07 521659-58120 463509 2007/08 425918-54531 371387 2008/09 351661-50758 300903 2009/10 296660-55329 241331 2010/11 229756-53144 176612 2011/12 166324-49766 116558 2012/13 111800-56032 55768 98.5 0.09% 2013/14 58874 2014/15 72190 2015/16 95896 2016/17 114036 194.1 0.1%-0.2%
  4. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5221021/bungling-cops-blasted-for-failing-to-id-suspected-crooks-in-half-of-crimes-reported-to-them/#comments I was just reading this article. Seems another slow news period so pick out a police bashing story. Certainly an award there for the worst headline ever written. If you would like your blood pressure to increase massively have a read, particularly the comments from the Tory MP Alec Brigden. I like the bit about the public lobbying police and crime commissioners to get the policing they deserve.
  5. After sustained period of cuts, the APCC fears funding shortfall may lead to rise in crime, hurting police and state legitimacy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/29/england-and-wales-police-in-need-of-13bn-to-tackle-and-terrorism?CMP=twt_gu
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41677046 This is being reported across a lot of the papers and news programmes. Difficult reading again for chiefs and the government. Surely it is becoming harder and harder for them to keep their heads buried in the sand particularly when we are talking about rises in violent crime, knife crime and serious offences such as murders. This linked with the recent discussions on the unprecedented terrorism threat. There was a minister on the news at lunchtime regurgitating the same old lines about protecting police budgets, flat cash or slight increases in budgets etc etc. I also think they have used up the excuse now of crime rising due to better recording practices as this was used to explain rises last year. Will it make any difference though?
  7. http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14177715.Murder_suspect_still_being_quizzed_by_police_after_man_dies_in_Bournemouth_flat/ Apparently the police are employing security to cover the crime scenes now, anyone heard of this elsewhere?
  8. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/21/metropolitan-police-burglaries-labour-budget-cuts-conservatives The Metropolitan police solved six out of every 100 burglaries last year, nearly half the rate their officers cleared up five years ago. Britain’s biggest police force said it solved 12% of burglaries in 2010-11. Labour said the sharp fall in the clear-up rate since then was due to budget cuts imposed by the Conservatives, but the Met said the way it counted the figures had changed.
  9. Hi guys, Often, when having stopped people or whatever in the process of investigating an offence, they will get their phone's out and call somebody for seemingly innocent reasons, or their phone will ring and they will go to answer it. I have always been told to get them to put the phone away in case they are signalling their mates to come round to where they are, or if they are colluding with somebody in order to disrupt our investigation of an offence. However, this got me thinking. So far, everybody i have told to put their phone away has apologised and put it away immediately. But lets say they refuse, what legal backing do I have to actually make them put the phone away, or for instance, take the phone off them temporarily? I can understand if I have somebody detained for a search, then I believe I may have some legal backing there to order them off the phone, or take it off them. But for instance the other day, we have a group of males stopped in a pub garden while we tried to ascertain whether they'd been involved in an offence. One of them was being rung incessantly by his girlfriend, to whom he eventually picked up and my colleague stated "Put it away mate, not while you're the subject of an investigation". Lets say he refused, is it an empty situation in that I have to just let him carry on? Or is there something we can do to enforce our request?
  10. techie 1 posted this in West Mercia section of the forum and I wondered what members thoughts were on the possibility and suggestion that rural crime is becoming more of an interest to certain sections of our communities including PCC's (i.e. 'The Wealthy') because they live there. Do you think that there is a perception that crime in urban areas, council house estates and the like are less important these days? http://m.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/13314062.West_Mercia_Deputy_PCC_urges_more_voices_on_rural_crime/
  11. Convicted criminals in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1,200 towards the cost of their court case under new rules, it has been revealed. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the Criminal Courts Charge would ensure criminals "pay their way". The fees, which come into force on 13 April, are not means-tested and will start at £150. The Magistrates' Association warned the new charge could place a burden on people with little income. It also warned that innocent people could be encouraged to plead guilty to avoid the risk of higher payments, as those who admit their offences will pay less than those convicted after a trial. The government said the new charge would be reviewed three years after implementation, but the Magistrates' Association said it should be reviewed after six months. Concerns raised The fee will be paid on top of fines, compensation orders and defendants' own legal charges. It will not be linked to the sentence given, but will be set according to its type of case, with the minimum charge for magistrates' courts and the maximum level for crown court cases. The charge can be paid in instalments. A government assessment suggested that by 2020 the system could raise £135m annually after costs. But it warned that by then the court service would be owed £1bn in unpaid fees. Courts already have the power to award "costs" against criminals as part of their punishment, but that is to reimburse any expenditure by the prosecution team that the court decides it would be "just and reasonable" to have paid by a losing defendant. The new charge will mean offenders make a direct contribution to the costs of running the court itself. Under the current rules, convicted criminals can also be ordered to make payments to cover compensation for victims, as well as a Victim Surcharge - which funds victims' services. All of this is separate from the sentence itself, which in some cases can be a fine. 'Not able to pay' Mr Grayling said: "We're on the side of people who work hard and want to get on, and that is why these reforms will make sure that those who commit crime pay their way and contribute towards the cost of their court cases." Richard Monkhouse, Magistrates' Association chairman, told BBC Radio 5 live: "We see an awful lot of people who are offending because they have no money, so just slapping another fine on them, another costs element on them, isn't actually going to make a big difference if they're not able to pay." Speaking about the risk of innocent people pleading guilty, he added: "We already get the equivocal plea in court, [people] saying I am not guilty... but I am pleading guilty because I want to get rid of it." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32078676
  12. For police officers in the UK, it's time to fight fire with fire. Some sneaky Brits have been using drones to film football matches and smuggle contraband into prisons, so now the long arm of the law is recruiting some unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of its own. The Sussex and Surrey Police force has been awarded almost £250,000 by the Home Office to buy five drones and investigate how they can assist officers in the field. UAVs are potentially faster than regular bobbies on the beat, and could be used to investigate smoky or otherwise hazardous conditions that would put officers' lives at risk. The force has suggested they could also be used to gather helpful aerial evidence, such as when a person is reported missing, or an armed incident occurs on the street. Sussex and Surrey Police have experimented with drones before at Gatwick Airport. The technology was used for perimeter patrols and the force concluded that in some instances, it was a faster, safer and cheaper alternative to regular officers. With this latest trial, the force wants to look at broader use cases and ultimately advise other divisions that are considering drones of their own. Officers will also draw up a training scheme so that colleagues can be properly approved before flying their own unmanned robots. The use of drones is bound to make some citizens uneasy, especially when the rules for recreational use are beginning to tighten. Police forces across the UK are also under pressure to cut costs, so UAVs could be an attractive option. Until they can intervene and make arrests though, they're unlikely to replace human officers anytime soon. http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/26/drones-police-uk/
  13. Victims of crime are being let down in areas covered by nearly half of the police forces in England and Wales by poor investigations, a policing watchdog has said. In its annual assessment of the state of policing in England and Wales, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said it was of "material concern" that 18 forces out of 43 were assessed as requiring improvement in the way they investigate offending. Inspectors said a "deficit in skill and experience of officers investigating crimes" and a lack of supervision was behind weak investigations. In the 12 months to March, only one force - Dyfed-Powys - in England and Wales was able to achieve detections, which include cautions as well as charges, for more than half of the crimes recorded. Detection rates range from 22% to 51%. "Opportunities to secure a successful outcome for victims of crime are being missed as a result of failures to conduct an effective, prompt and professional investigation," the HMIC report said. Failures to do house-to-house inquiries, take photos of injuries in domestic abuse cases and collect CCTV evidence on assaults in public places were among some of the inconsistencies found in the way evidence was gathered, the report said. Crimes are being investigated by officers who also provide neighbourhood policing services such as patrols, some of whom have not investigated crimes for a number of years, inspectors said. Inspection plans - used by officers to determine what they need to do gather evidence - were of a poor standard in 18 forces, with some officers copying and pasting previous versions to new investigations. HMIC has also launched a new website to allow the public to see at a glance how well their force is performing. Elsewhere, the inspectorate raised concerns about forces' ability to keep up with modern criminal activity, including cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation. Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor said officers were " policing the crimes of today with the methods of yesterday and insufficiently prepared for the crimes of the future". HMIC assessed the " effectiveness , efficiency and legitimacy" of each force. In relation to effectiveness, 40 forces were rated good or outstanding at preventing and reducing crime with three forces - Gwent, Bedfordshire and Humberside - requiring improvement. Some 41 forces are good or outstanding at tackling anti-social behaviour with two forces - Gwent and Cleveland - requiring improvement. However, only 24 forces were assessed as good at investigating crime. In relation to efficiency, 40 forces were rated good or outstanding for the value for money provided with three forces - Bedfordshire, Gwent and Nottinghamshire - rated as requiring improvement. Shadow policing minister Jack Dromey said: "This report is very worrying - it is just not good enough for half of police forces to be rated less than 'good' at investigating crime. "This is surely a central plank of policing and raises serious questions for the Government about their approach to cutting crime. Theresa May cannot expect to cut 16,000 police officers and still deliver the highest standards of policing the public want and deserve. "HMIC is right to draw attention to the changing nature of crime. Labour has been calling for the Government to take action against the rising wave of cybercrime - from fraud to the grooming of children. "The Home Secretary has ignored this - and, as this report highlights, the police do not have the resource or expertise to respond to the scale of these offences." Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said: "Chiefs whose forces have fallen short on the standard of crime investigation will be analysing the reasons for this and taking action to improve on this crucial area of policing." Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "We have been warning there are issues around what the service can provide against cuts to funding and police numbers. Although we are pleased that the majority of forces are performing well, we know that officers are struggling to provide the service they believe the public deserve." The 18 force s that require improvement in investigating practices are: Bedfordshire Dorset Essex Gloucestershire Greater Manchester Gwent Humberside Lincolnshire Metropolitan Police Northamptonshire North Wales North Yorkshire Nottinghamshire South Yorkshire Staffordshire Surrey Sussex West Yorkshire http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2851509/Forces-letting-crime-victims-down.html The HMIC report is available here: http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/wp-content/uploads/state-of-policing-13-14.pdf
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