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04-22-07, 09:04 AM #1
Police scrap arrests league table
No not the official ones they use to "measure performance" and claim how good they are but these:
Northumbria Police has stopped some of its officers running an unofficial football-style league table based on the number of arrests made.
The officers in north Tyneside awarded each other three points for an arrest and one for a summons, fixed penalty or penalty notices for disorder.
Deputy Chief Constable David Warcup said officers had stopped using the table, which was pinned up at stations.
He said it was not "an effective way of measuring performance".
A concerned serving officer blew the whistle on the contest.
The unnamed policeman told a local newspaper he was worried colleagues were preoccupied by the contest and feared arrests could be made unnecessarily.
He was also concerned that defence solicitors could use the league table in court to claim their clients were wrongly arrested.
The force's Deputy Chief Constable stressed that his officers did not make arrests without good reason.
But he said the league tables were ripped up when he heard about them.
"As soon as we found out there were numerical targets, where there was a points system, that was immediately stopped.
"It was brought to my attention, and I brought it to the attention of the Assistant Chief Constable Sue Sim, and it was stopped that day.
"We would absolutely discourage anybody from using their powers simply to meet targets."
We would absolutely discourage anybody from using their powers simply to meet targets
I like the quote at the end I wonder if that applies to the official performance figures as well.
04-22-07, 01:40 PM #2
They're "performance indicators" not "league tables"
Heaven forbid we are told that we have to make a certain quota of arrests and process reports!
The public would be horrified if they knew the kind of BS we have to put up with in their name.the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
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