Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The invisible police

In worst forces, fewer than 10 per cent are actually fighting crime.

Fewer than one in ten uniformed officers in some police forces are available to man the front line at any one time, a damning report reveals today.

There are also more officers on duty on a quiet Monday morning than at any other time of the week – and the fewest just after midnight on Friday when levels of drunken violence soar.

The watchdog found many other forces fared little better, with an average of 12 per cent of officers available to catch crooks and keep people safe.

Sir Denis revealed that his staff faced resistance from some chief constables and that 21 forces out of 43 did not reply to a survey.

My comment: Just what is the point of a watchdog if the body they are supposedly watching can ignore them with impunity or the best they can do is write a report? The same goes for Local Government Ombudsmen V local authorities and the Parliamentary Ombudsman V government. Toothless watchdogs are just a waste of taxpayer's money.

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