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Where Are All The Police? – An Analysis of Police Resources


1. Criminal Justice Units – Operational - Staff who are predominantly employed in the administration, checking and processing of prosecution files including liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service and staff who are predominantly employed in the making of additional enquiries required to supplement the quality of files. Staff who are predominantly employed in the processing and administration of applications in connection with licensed premises, registered clubs and matters concerning betting, gaming and lotteries. Staff who are predominantly employed in the execution of warrants, service of summonses and dealing with general/routine enquiries. 2. Criminal Justice Units – Operational Support - Staff who are predominantly employed in the administration, checking and processing of prosecution files including liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service and staff who are predominantly employed in the making of additional enquiries required to supplement the quality of files. Staff who are predominantly employed in the processing and administration of applications in connection with licensed premises, registered clubs and matters concerning betting, gaming and lotteries. Staff who are predominantly employed in the execution of warrants, service of summonses and dealing with general/routine enquiries. 3. Criminal Justice Units – Organisational Support - Staff who are predominantly employed in the administration, checking and processing of prosecution files including liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service and staff who are predominantly employed in the making of additional enquiries required to supplement the quality of files. Staff who are predominantly employed in dealing with the processing of fixed penalty tickets and the recovery of penalties. Staff who are predominantly assigned to liaison duties with magistrates' courts and the Crown Court. Also include those otherwise employed in Administrative Support Units.


Both from an Officer re-allocation and police staff requirement viewpoint, the growth of this department within the service has rocketed through the last ten years. 20 years ago, more officers were visible for longer hours, and still managed to prepare their own court files and fulfill all of the other obligations listed. This suggests that a bureaucratic empire within an empire has arisen. Senior officers should be questioning whether more uniform officers could be redeployed and recruited and trained to complete their own prosecution files in their entirety freeing up much of the human and financial resource currently tied up in this area.


BUSINESS SUPPORT


2,490 officers and almost 20,000 police staff are engaged in this area. The functions include complaints and discipline, corporate development, finance, IT, other admin, Personnel/HR, press and public relations, staff associations, operational planning and welfare. As the largest non operational group, it represents the largest drain on overall human and financial resources. Centralisation of many of the functions is being considered by HMIC and forces, and success in this area would release millions of tied up human and financial resource back to frontline duties and contribute toward the required Government cuts.


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