Winners and Losers
In a week that has seen 2 major documents released into the wild who are the winners and the losers? Are there any winners at all?
Well, there are certainly some losers.
In the 6 monthly release of manpower figures for the 43 Forces, the two outright losers are Durham and West Mercia Constabularies. Back in 2011 HMIC set each and every Force a Numerical Target for their Manpower, i.e a strength that they were required to attain by March 2015. According to the September 2014 stats (the latest available) HALF of the 43 Forces in England and Wales have Manpower levels LOWER than they are required to achieve by March. Durham and West Mercia currently have Manpower levels more than 10% LOWER than their target figure for March. WHY??
We know that there are more cuts to come, are these two Forces really just getting upstream of the game or is there something more sinister at work?
The biggest ‘winner’ is North Yorkshire with over 5% more than their March 2015 Target, so does this indicate some serious pain ahead for North Yorkshire, or is it 2 fingers from the PCC and Chief Constable? I do so hope that it’s the latter.
The only Forces whose Establishments were higher in September 2014 than March 2014 were (in no particular order)
The Met +651
Dyfed Powys +41
Thames Valley +55
and North Wales +31
So if you live or work in any of those 9 Forces (yes, just 9 out of 43) well done, lucky you. If you’re one of the 32 others then times are even harder than ever before, and destined to get worse.
Nothing quite like a bit of slanted reporting.
This week also saw the release of the long-awaited report by HMIC into corruption and integrity in the Police Service.
Briefly, this report concludes that there is no evidence that corruption is endemic within the Police Service and that after HMIC’s reviews in 2011 and 2012 122 out of 125 recommendations have been adopted by Chief Constables. That’s a good thing isn’t it?
You wouldn’t think so if you saw the assorted headlines and the manner in which this document was reported.
Huge differences in the way it has been reported, and most of them negative.
I’m not immensely happy with the methodology adopted for such an important piece of work, but what’s new there? It consisted of an online survey of police officers and staff achieving 17,200 responses and fieldwork activity in all 43 forces took place between 2 June and 8 August 2014. During that time, our inspection teams spoke to more than 1,500 officers and staff – not a huge percentage, and ranks and grades of those consulted are not disclosed.
At the end of the day the press, as is their way, chose not to highlight the “Corruption is not endemic” headline cos there’s no story for them in that, but most went with a negative slant. The report also added that most officers and staff were “honest and professional”, but there wasn’t a huge amount of reporting of that either.
That’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from our press in the UK, and then they demand our sympathy when they are portrayed as the victims.
Oh well, must go now and find a journo to feel sorry for.