British police being ordered to hide crime from being reported

From the UK Telegraph (May 12, 2013):
The head of the Police Federation will suggest a "fear factor" in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry is preventing officers from blowing the whistle on how crime statistics are being manipulated. 
The intervention by Steve Williams, chairman of the organisation which represents 130,000 frontline officers in England and Wales, is highly significant because it appears to confirm widespread public scepticism of how crime is recorded. 
Official figures show crime is at an historic low, despite cuts to police budgets and staffing levels. 
Mr Williams will say that police transparency on crime levels and other areas has been badly hit by the Leveson inquiry on Press standards, which examined alleged collusion between police officers and journalists. . . . .
 From the UK Daily Mail (May 14, 2013):
Police officers are afraid to speak out about the dubious practices being used to conceal true crime rates, a senior police leader has claimed. 
Steve Williams, chairman of the Police Federation, said officers were under huge pressure to keep crime statistics down. 
In some cases, mobile phone thefts were being recorded as lost property, while a spate of burglaries might be registered as a single offence. 
‘The latest crime figures showed a 5 per cent fall in crime but, based on the anecdotes I’m getting, I am not sure that is the case,’ he said. ‘Pressure is being brought to bear on frontline officers on the way they are recording crime. . . .
Generally, there is some evidence of increased politicization of the police in the UK.  From the Home Office's A New Approach to Fighting Crime has this (p. 3):
Increasing government interference in recent years has changed the focus of the police. They have become responsive to targets and bureaucracy rather than to people. They have become disconnected from the public they serve. only seven per cent of the public know to go to their Police authority if they have a problem. This has left communities feeling disempowered from the fight to cut crime. People no longer feel that the law will be on their side if they try to do the right thing. In Germany, two thirds of people said they would intervene to stop anti-social behaviour; in the UK two thirds would not. . . . .
While it is possible to reclassify a rape as an assault or a serious property crime as a less serious one, it is much more difficult to hide murders as some seem to suggest.

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Blogger RJ said...

I find it strange how the UK refuses to report a murder as such until they actually convict the killer.


By that standard, Chicago would appear to be three times less violent than it really is due to their low clearance rate, no?

10/19/2013 2:01 AM  
Blogger Geoffrey Britain said...

Anything to keep the left's boat afloat.

11/20/2013 5:38 PM  

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