Is The Police Family Dying? Or Merely Playacting?

I’m not sure that I know the answer but I fear it may be the former, but some important people have yet to come up with some important answers.

Time to update an old favourite., Our Shrinking Police Service.

Where were we?  Oh yes, back in 2012   The attention-grabbing headline back then was that 5,000 Police Officers had disappeared into the ether in the previous 12 months.  So, how are we doing today? Well since then a further 6,191 have followed them.

Since the evil coalition came to power they have reduced the 43 Forces from 143,770 to 127,909 or 15,861 (11%) Police posts have GONE.

Many commentators have reported this today, but there is a bigger picture that I have yet to see reported prominently.

Our proud Police Family also includes Support Staff (civvies), PCSOs and Specials.  How are they doing?

Support Staff

  • Pre-Coalition – 79,296
  • 2012 – 67,472
  • 2014 – 64,096

A loss since the coalition came in of 15,200 or 19.2%


  • Pre-Coalition – 16,507
  • 2012 – 14,393
  • 2014 – 13.066

A loss since the coalition came in of 3,441 or 20.8%

Special Constables

  • Pre-Coalition – 14,251
  • 2012 – 20,343
  • 2014 – 17,789

An overall gain since the coalition came in of 3,538 or 24.8% , but don’t forget the recent trend is also downwards after a peak in 2012

So at first glance it looks like the Specials are taking up some of the slack like Cruella said they would, but their numbers are currently reducing as well.

The Ouchy Bit

  • Total Police Family in 2009 was 253,824
  • 2012 – 236,308
  • 2014 – 222,861

A total loss to the Police Family of 30,963 or 12%.

Nearly 31,000 family members gone since this lot took power.

A certain politician was quoted today as saying that crime is down so the police have less to do.

  • Crime Stats have yet to be sorted out as far as I know
  • Police do far, far more than prevent and investigate crime
  • If he and our other politicians actually believe this rubbish then it’s not so much a case of TJF, more like The Country’s F******.

And finally, the important (it is important surely?), unanswered question.

May I take you back to a previous blog

Policing In Austerity Two And A Half Years On

I wrote that at the beginning of this year and I asked the question;

Why is it necessary to reduce Manpower levels to LESS than their March 2015 Austerity Target Level?

Today’s figures show that those levels have dropped even further.

I would welcome any or all of our PCCs and/or Chief Constables to provide me with copies of their Risk and Impact Assessments for this (in my view) dangerous policy.

You can cut the budgets as much as you like Cruella, it still needs x number of Police Officers on duty, or available, to maintain the public safety of y head of population.

We’re getting Water Cannons, maybe you’ve got Drones and RoboCop in mind, I don’t know.

Could it possibly be that this destruction of our Police Service actually has less to do with Austerity than you would have us believe?

Mr Winsor has done you proud, can’t imagine why he never picked up his final paycheck.


9 thoughts on “Is The Police Family Dying? Or Merely Playacting?

  1. In my day job I frequently have to act as an advocate for victims of crime dealing with the police.

    One of the main issues is the failure to record and investigate crime.

    A reduction in crime figures is I think partly to blame for the ‘investigate to record’ policy which has now been identified by the HMIC as an area of concern,

    The HMIC are saying that crimes should now be recorded straight away. What was happenining was that although a crime was blatantly obvious, officers would go away to conduct investigations to decide if a crime had been committed and would never return leaving the victim with an incident number but not a crime reference number.

    In one case it took me 6 months to have a client’s crime recorded having gone through a Sgt, Insp and Ch Insp.

    It was not until a complaint was submitted that the crime was recorded, the suspect was arrested and admitted several TICs.

    This process is also going to put off victims who do not have the will or tenacity to persist in having an allegation of crime officially recorded,

  2. If anyone dares say the Front Line is being protected I will strangle them.!..where I work we now parade 3 Pcs where 3 years ago that was 7.On paper it is meant to be 9. I have done enough years to leave -and in a few weeks I will be retired and angry too, this disgusting, vicious PM and his accolytes have murdered the Police Force and pulled off its knackers by way of a trophy.

  3. Came home to find Theresa may had sent me an email (as below), It is her version of reality, Nice to know what she is saying to the faithful, needless to say I’m not making a donation to teh Conservative Party.

    We want to make Britain an even safer place to live, work and raise a family.

    Parents want to be sure their children are safe, pensioners want to feel secure in their neighbourhoods, and people deserve to be protected so they can work hard and get on in life.

    Under Labour, the police were bogged down with too much paperwork, meaning cases were often not dealt with and the victims of crime neglected. People didn’t feel safe on the streets.

    But thanks to our action plan to tackle crime, and the hard work of police officers, crime is now down by more than 10% since 2010.

    We need everyone in the country to get behind our plan – so please add your name today.

    Our action plan to tackle crime is helping to give people greater security by:

    Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets
    Giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done
    Giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques
    Stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime
    Making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area

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