Cuts and their consequences

“I think one of the issues that we’re most concerned about following on from those cuts has been an increase in crime that we’ve seen in England and Wales since 2012/13. And this is something which the government has sought to avoid, but we think there is a connection, there’s an analysis, [on] what the public will be doing in relation to these figures. And some of those figures are truly, truly shocking.
Since 2012/13, there’s been a 29% increase in possession of weapons. This is police-recorded crime. These are the crimes that the police themselves through rigorous process have deemed to be crimes. A 29% increase in possession of weapons. A 65% increase in violence against the person. A 38% increase in assault with injury. Sexual offences are up 97%. And public order offences are up 54%.
Now, if those figures weren’t shocking enough, this government, which has claimed repeatedly, and also claimed in its Conservative Party manifesto, that crime is falling. But nothing could actually be further from the truth. The government relies on the crime survey for England and Wales, which is an opinion poll, which disregards homicide; it disregards sexual offences; it disregards crimes against business. It is a very very small proportion of overall crime.
So the government relies on those figures to tell the electorate that crime is falling. Whereas recorded crime figures tell exactly the opposite story.
Now I’ll return to the issue of policing cuts, and the effect that’s had on our members’ ability to police the work places, and the places that they are overseeing. And I think the most worrying aspect of that is if you look at the 37% – 38% decline in PCSOs [police community support officers], they now say they are no longer able to gather that important intelligence on a day-to-day basis about criminal, and potentially terrorist activity, in the communities that they are policing.”

Ben Priestley 

Unison



There’s a lot going on with crime stats. It’s important to see them in relation to the fact that sometimes recording standards change, however this increase is across the board, and it’s concerning. 
Why do the government use the BCS (British crime survey-which excludes murder and other offences due to the fact that victims of murder cannot complete the survey) to inform them when it has access to Home Office stats which aren’t opinions of the public but crimes recorded by police? 

Opinion polls will be affected by that individual’s knowledge of criminal offences and also affected by their faith in police in this country when police have been wholly undermined by the conservative government and they’re seeing that crime has increased. 
Why are Tory’s lying about this? 
In every area of policing, numbers matter. Crime stats, budgets and most importantly, boots on the ground. If there was line drawn between you and another who wants to hurt you in some way, financially, physically, psychologically, don’t you want that line to be pretty fucking broad? To protect you, to protect each other and to gather more information to prevent abhorrent acts being comitted against innocent people. 
Video is here: https://mobile.twitter.com/EL4JC/status/871699549043265536/video/1

Fear when I need to get up at 0400hrs

Sitting at my dads. The only one awake. I watched an episode of the second series of The Met: Policing London and then a short video about an horrific unexpected assault on two PCs in Hampshire. I should not have done this. (But is ignorance better than information? That’s for another time.)

My heart rate quickened, my mouth went dry and my mind raced. I was scared 

I now can’t sleep. I can’t seem to rationalise the job I do. I can’t reassure myself and I can’t do anything right now to prevent that happening to me or my colleagues. 

I’ve got a one to one tomorrow for the first time with my line manager. She is young in her role, only acting up at this time. I don’t know if I should mention the way I have felt tonight. I wonder what the consequences might be or how she’ll see me and possibly put actions in place. 

I don’t want to be scared. I want to be able to do the job effectively and fully, without the risk of danger to my colleagues or I. It makes me think about the long run, about my options for the future. 

It isn’t possible for me or anyone else to do this job without danger, risk or threat. I want to be able to avoid anything of that scale and aggression from ever happening to my colleagues and I. 

GMP 

It turns out that accidentally catching a documentary about the murders of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone wasn’t at the right time for me. I try not to think about it when it comes to my mind or I’ll try to think about it when there’s the peace and quiet it deserves. 

There’s something I might write about another time, that everything in work and life seems to be about achieving the right balance. The balance between being detailed and being concise, between being soft enough for people to open up to you and remaining firm and cold when boundaries need to be set. 

Perhaps most importantly between acknowledging that there are people who really want to hurt us so we need to be careful and having the confidence to do the job without letting those facts stop you from leaving the nick or the car. 

Tonight it’s difficult to stomach, difficult to imagine there is a healthy medium.