Wasting police time
Copperfield has some interesting suggestions.
Stuart Davidson is a policeman in Alberta, Canada, he used to serve in the Staffordshire constabulary and is the author of a published book “Wasting Police Time” as well as the highly successful Policeman’s Blog, writing under the pseudonym David Copperfield. He had a very interesting article published in The Daily Telegraph over the weekend highlighting some radical suggestions to reduce the Home Office budget for policing and comparing Canadian crime fighting results to British efforts, he is adamant that police budgets could be reduced by as much as 40% and still see an improved performance.
My experience tells me that you could easily slash billions from budgets and actually improve policing, which is now a job creation scheme for bureaucrats.
They could lose 40 per cent of their budget and still have more cash per capita than we do.
Of course, how you spend money is important. GMP employs 8,232 police officers in a total staff of 13,082, or one person for every 181 members of the public. My force employs about 1,400 officers and 500 civilians – one person for every 526 members of the public.
So with less money and far fewer cops, we do a better job, and there are lessons that can be learnt by British officers and their political masters.
I encourage you to read the full article and to decide if there is sufficient food for thought, and whether or not a similar model could be applied to other sectors of public service.