It appears to have come as a shock to the press & TV news today that 34,000 police jobs are to go in the next four years, amounting to around 16,000 police officers, a similar amount of civilian staff & some PCSOs.
The Inspectorate of Constabulary has announced that,Â despiteÂ all the lies ministers have been spouting for the last year, front line officers will be lost and there is a great risk that crime will rise.
Yet still we saw today chief officer after chief officers queueing up to give interviews to their local media about what a great job they are doing, how we just have to adapt to change and how safe the public will be despite the lack of police officers.
Working in the control room, I am well aware of the appalling service we give to many people; I have to ring them up every night apologising for my force;s inability to send an officer to see them, often within several days of their call, never mind within an hour as is the ‘unmeasured’ promise we make when we grade their calls. Sadly, we are only measured on how quick we answer the phone and send an officer within 3 minutes of that call if it’s anÂ emergency.
If the chief was measured on how many people had to wait more than 8 hours, or more than a day, or more than 3 days to see an officer, they’d either be sacked or have so many officers on the front line you’d see tumbleweed flowing through the corridors of headquarters up and down the land.