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Appendix E - Inspector Gadget


Inspector Gadget is responsible for a response team of officers and is among the best qualified and most experienced officers, with a gift for directly addressing the flaws and inadequacies of the present resource allocation strategy.


In his book “Perverting The Course Of Justice” he comments:-


“Thousands of officers who could and should be on the streets deterring and nicking criminals are employed behind desks ‘auditing’ crime reports and managing detection figures. I am concerned that our insane obsession with largely irrelevant targets will eventually cost lives. It probably already has.


It is not enough to tinker around the edges: major change is needed if you want us to be able to respond quickly to your burglary or assault or mugging – or maybe even stand a chance of preventing them from happening in the first place.


I’m a real police officer writing under a pseudonym about his job as a front line ‘Response’ officer. There


are lots of other cops, some doing very worthwhile jobs, others sat in offices doing nothing in particular, but I’m writing about leading those who come out (eventually) when you call 999. The people Response police arrest are probably not much like you. We don’t really deal with normal, law-abiding folks, we deal with seriously violent thugs who attack others for no reason, who viciously beat and rob old ladies, who pimp out their own children, who think first, last and always of themselves at the expense of others. As an Inspector, I have a bit less of the day-to-day contact with members of the public but more of a handle on the theory and practice of police bureaucracy . I work for a force I call ‘Ruralshire Constabulary’. Without being too specific, it covers a population well into seven figures, across an area of hundreds of square miles and a number of towns, some large, some small. I’m based in ‘F Division’ – a couple of hundred square miles, a population of around 300,000 people and six or seven decent-sized conurbations.


Lots of the stories and views are controversial; you won’t find members of the Association of Chief Police Officers queuing up to agree with me. It’s my thoughts and experiences, from my perspective. I don’t trust official crime figures or press releases personally, but to get the full, unbiased picture you probably need to read that sort of stuff, too, and be aware that there are others who see things differently from me.


It’s not all about pens and form-filling – we still do get to help people, catch criminals and lock them up, and I wouldn’t change my job, for all its frustrations, for anything. Every day can bring moments of fear, distress and jubilation, often within the same hour, and not many people can say that.


A NUMBERS GAME


THE other Friday, someone said to me, ‘In my day, there was an Inspector, two Sergeants and 16 PCs at my nick.’ I said, ‘We haven’t got that many on duty in the whole division tonight.’


It’s tough to provide people with what I would regard as a decent service with the strength we have on paper – with the strength we have in reality, it’s near enough impossible.


I think most really senior police officers don’t appreciate how few people we have physically out there every night, and I’m sure the media and politicians are equally unaware. I do think the public are starting to cotton on, but who cares about them?


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