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Red Tape still an issue
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Police forces still mired in red tape and targets, Home Office adviser to warn [Image: sitebar_ho_logo.gif]

The countryâ€s police forces are still mired in red tape and obsessed with chasing targets, despite repeated attempts at reform, the Governmentâ€s own police bureaucracy tsar will say next week.

Jan Berry, the former Police Federation chairman who has been asked by the Home Office to find ways to cut police bureaucracy, is set to recommend sweeping organisational changes to how forces work.

She will call for a return to common-sense policing, suggesting that police should be allowed more freedom to use their professional judgement when dealing with minor offences.

Miss Berry will warn that officers are still spending too much time on paperwork. She has privately described trying to cut red tape in policing as like “painting the Forth Road Bridge, knitting fog and pushing water uphill”.

One source said: “You should not have to write 'War and Peace†for a minor offence. Police officers should be able to use their professional judgement to resolve local problems, not to have to feed performance tables.”

Earlier this year, it emerged that almost half of officers†time is taken up with paperwork, red tape and other duties away from patrolling the streets. Typically officers have to fill in 30 pieces of paper for every prosecution.

Miss Berry is likely to say that a much-criticised series of police performance targets, which were replaced with a single confidence measure earlier this year, are still present in policing, creating a “performance culture which values numbers more than people”.

Miss Berryâ€s report will criticise the Home Office for failing to act on an 18-month old report into red tape by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the then-HM Inspector of Constabulary. Of his 59 recommendations, just four have been fully implemented.

The report will say frontline police officers should ditch their tendency towards “risk aversion” and trust their own professionalism to enforce the law, echoing a call by Sir Ronnie in his report last year.

Miss Berry, the Home Officeâ€s independent Reducing Bureaucracy Advocate, will also criticise a “dysfunctional” decision-making structure at the top of policing which merely serves to create a “confused accountability” among rank and file police officers.

This has led to a plethora of pilot schemes being trialled by the Home Office and other agencies to try to improve policing, with little evidence of their success or otherwise. “There must be hundreds across the criminal justices system,” the source said.

Miss Berry will argue for a fresh focus on “end to end policing”, by making structural changes to the policing service. One idea will be to merge some of the 43 forces into larger forces to save money.

Last year, the Crown Prosecution Service reorganised its regional structure from one based on the 43 force areas to 14 larger groups. However any plan to merge forces is likely to be opposed rank and file officers.

Miss Berry is also likely to ask whether the Association of Chief Police Officers with the National Policing Improvement Agency should merge to create a single agency to look at ways to modernise law enforcement.

Telegraph

Be interesting to see what actually comes of this report. Also think its a good idea to merge forces; we don't need 43.....nor do we need 43 duplicated senior management teams, all playing their own little promotion games.....generating more initiatives (and red-tape) than you can shake an asp at.....all in an effort to get up the greasy pole of course.

Get rid, save the taxpayer a bundle and cut down on the bs so as to free up frontline troops.
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Jesus I'm just glad we dont have that much paper to deal with here! Oh and I still think we have far to much paper when will the job start using email more???
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Not having anything else to compare it to, I can't say whether or not we do more paperwork than you.....I'd suggest it depends on what you're dealing with, i.e we can issue a ticket for petty shoplifting, criminal damage etc.

But day to day we probably have 10 times the red tape you have....for instance in dealing with prisoners; on average, for a simple arrest like a shoplifter, not suitable for a ticket, you could spend 4 hours +.

Ridiculous.
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(29-11-2009, 02:46 PM)whitewater Wrote: Jesus I'm just glad we dont have that much paper to deal with here! Oh and I still think we have far to much paper when will the job start using email more???

I'll be happy once they start using it correctly. I get bullitans by email and still see them printed around the station. And the size limit is a real deterrent to using it.

(29-11-2009, 09:08 PM)woodentop Wrote: Not having anything else to compare it to, I can't say whether or not we do more paperwork than you.....I'd suggest it depends on what you're dealing with, i.e we can issue a ticket for petty shoplifting, criminal damage etc.

But day to day we probably have 10 times the red tape you have....for instance in dealing with prisoners; on average, for a simple arrest like a shoplifter, not suitable for a ticket, you could spend 4 hours +.

Ridiculous.

I was only talking to the skipper about things like this the other night. We brought in FCPS for two public order offences but we still have to arrest the person and bring them back to the station and enter them into the custody record.
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Ha fuck that i've given tickets for section 4 once their is someone to get said drunk spa home.
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