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Crime Of The Century - A Chilling Look At Crime Statistics In The UK Detachment from the organisation


The discussions of sanction detections and the negative consequences of pursuing them revealed, not only anger and frustration, but a strong sense of disillusion with, and detachment from, the organisation.


Sanction detections and issues concerning performance management was among the most frequently mentioned frustration by group members completing the proforma.


The general perception in the groups was that they work for an organisation that: • Is concentrating on easily-detected offences in order to achieve sanction detection targets;


• Is losing its integrity because of the tactics it encourages police officers to use to achieve these detections;


• Is headed by SMTs, most members of which no longer care about the victims of serious crime.


• Whilst they make public statements about being victim-centred and caring for communities, they are accused of colluding with the Government and playing performance games to mislead the public into thinking that the crime problem is being addressed successfully; and


• No longer wants, values and resources good-quality criminal investigations which lead to convictions unless the crimes in question are high profile, critical incidents.


Sanction detection targets


The key to their objections is the sanction detection time-framed target. It is because senior management are required to achieve targets within specified time frames (targets which are further stretched from one period to the next) that BCUs are concentrating resources on offences that are easy to detect – on quick wins. The high yielding incidents are those where the offenders are identified from the outset, usually because:


• Victims or witnesses know them; or • The arresting officers observe them committing the offences.


They were sometimes described as crimes where there is no mystery. Another characteristic of the ‘quick win’ is the ease with which the outcome can be achieved.


The typical final outcome or sanction only requires a comparatively small investment of police time. Earlier, we listed the range of the outcomes that are necessary to gain a sanction detection and, of these, obtaining the evidence to support a charge is generally by far the most expensive in police time.


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