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Crime Of The Century - A Chilling Look At Crime Statistics In The UK


Why some staff feel they have to bend the rules should, however, be considered and addressed. The police officer is very often the person within the criminal justice system who is closest to the victim. Not surprisingly, constant exposure to their suffering, coupled with a sense of inadequacy to relieve it, can lead to a feeling of injustice and frustration.


Her Majesty’s Inspector encourages chief officers and the ACPO to pay close attention to this phenomenon, continue to expose areas within the criminal justice system which investigating officers and victims feel should be improved and pursue any necessary changes in the law with vigour.


Her Majesty’s Inspector is concerned many junior operational officers are often unaware of the leadership being given by senior colleagues. Policing is a difficult and complex duty and those in the ‘front line’ need to know their senior leaders acknowledge those areas which create the most difficulty and are seen to be taking steps to support them.


A simple improvement in marketing by chief officers and the ACPO may help in this respect. A feeling should be generated that the whole Service is pulling in the same direction”.


The section of the HMIC report concludes with:-


“Her Majesty’s Inspector recommends all chief officers should ensure there is in place an adequate monitoring process to maintain a corporate approach to ethical crime recording and investigation”.


“Her Majesty’s Inspector recommends all chief officers should ensure there is in place an adequate monitoring process to maintain a


corporate approach to ethical crime recording and investigation”.


The HMIC thematic report referred to above only scratched the surface of a major problem that still exists with the police recording of crime to this day. Many similar reports and Government/Home Office commissioned investigations have revealed that such practices continue, but to date, failed to “Nail” the problem once and for all.


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