Wednesday, September 12, 2007

BBC NEWS | UK | Red tape in police force: Your reaction

re: "The chief inspector of constabulary, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, says police officers in England and Wales are bogged down in red tape and are afraid to use their own judgement. /Here, two officers who contacted the BBC news website, give their reaction to Sir Ronnie's report... // The headline comments are spot on. We spend a lot of our time recording and dealing with minor events that should really be dismissed. /This is simply because of a mixture of Government targets and public expectations. /The public also have blame in this problem because their expections of what the police should be involved with has risen dramatically over recent years. Issues that were once sorted out within families, communities etc, are now instantly thought to be a police issue. /The worst example of this is the amazing number of parents that ring up to ask a police officer to come around and tell their child off. /
The other is parents whose kids have been involved in typical childrens rough and tumble and instantly want to report a minor bruise as a crime and have the other child prosecuted..."...

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