'Postcode lottery' when it comes to police response

NEW REPORT: HMIC has published a Core Business report into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time

NEW REPORT: HMIC has published a Core Business report into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time

First published in News by , Reporter (Darlington)

POLICE responses to the same type of crime will differ depending on where you live, a new report has found.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) examined all 43 police forces in England and Wales and found there exists a ‘postcode lottery’ when it comes to how forces responded to reports of crime.

In the period covered by the Core Business report – the 12 months to November 30, 2013 - forces in the North East and North Yorkshire recorded a high attendance rate to all incidents closed as crimes and directly recorded crime.

Cleveland Police reported a 100 per cent rate of attendance, followed by Durham at 96 per cent and North Yorkshire at 84 per cent.

However, the attendance rate for forces such as Warwickshire and Dorset were close to half of that at 39 and 54 per cent respectively.

HMI Roger Baker, who led the inspection, said: “Police forces have done a good job in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, leading to long-term reductions over the last ten years.

“However, we were concerned to find that a member of the public will receive a different response from the police for the same type of crime or incident, depending on where they live; this sort of postcode lottery has to stop and a consistent approach applied across England and Wales.

He added: “In this age of austerity it’s more important than ever that forces understand how to prioritise their resources.”

The report makes 40 recommendations to help police forces improve, including more uniformity over the classification of victims and better use of mobile technology.

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12:52am Thu 4 Sep 14

LUSTARD says...

crime, closed i suppose if you get a report of some swine poaching grouse on a moor 30 miles in the middle of knowhere and a report of a mugging in hartlepool or middlesborough then priorities have to be made, mind grouse are awefully tasty cooked slow in red wine and shallots, good night.
crime, closed i suppose if you get a report of some swine poaching grouse on a moor 30 miles in the middle of knowhere and a report of a mugging in hartlepool or middlesborough then priorities have to be made, mind grouse are awefully tasty cooked slow in red wine and shallots, good night. LUSTARD
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12:55am Thu 4 Sep 14

LUSTARD says...

suppose his lordship might beg to differ
suppose his lordship might beg to differ LUSTARD
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10:59am Thu 4 Sep 14

ian923 says...

Police getting to be like the NHS then. That is not a good thing but Governments(labour bankrupted us and conservatives too bothered about themselves)have caused it and will never rectify it. Wouldn't,t it be good if we had politicians who were honest, trustworthy, sensible and "did the right thing"
Police getting to be like the NHS then. That is not a good thing but Governments(labour bankrupted us and conservatives too bothered about themselves)have caused it and will never rectify it. Wouldn't,t it be good if we had politicians who were honest, trustworthy, sensible and "did the right thing" ian923
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11:20am Thu 4 Sep 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

Thank goodness Victims of the Police are finally being listened to. Its not just a case of Reported Crime. It is the atrocious response to reported Crime. When there ought to have been a REFERRAL regarding sexualised crimes, the VICTIMS were threatened and PUNISHED by the POLICE. The Police would never have responded to residents in a West End Location Postcode with threats of punishment for being a victim as they do in `sink estates' simply because we will not allow our estate to sink down any further. We pay council tax too. to coin George Orwells phrase "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others" Yet the POLICE OATH "To serve without fear or favour" becomes compromised when they esteem another OATH over and above the Oath that provides their bread and butter. (Little wonder some graffiti artists have begun to target Penshaw Monument) To just make an observation is at least a start. Now we need action where there are suffering VICTIMS of Police, simply because those Victims do not live in a prestigious selubrious area! No more POLICING BY SUPERIOR POSTCODE!
Thank goodness Victims of the Police are finally being listened to. Its not just a case of Reported Crime. It is the atrocious response to reported Crime. When there ought to have been a REFERRAL regarding sexualised crimes, the VICTIMS were threatened and PUNISHED by the POLICE. The Police would never have responded to residents in a West End Location Postcode with threats of punishment for being a victim as they do in `sink estates' simply because we will not allow our estate to sink down any further. We pay council tax too. to coin George Orwells phrase "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others" Yet the POLICE OATH "To serve without fear or favour" becomes compromised when they esteem another OATH over and above the Oath that provides their bread and butter. (Little wonder some graffiti artists have begun to target Penshaw Monument) To just make an observation is at least a start. Now we need action where there are suffering VICTIMS of Police, simply because those Victims do not live in a prestigious selubrious area! No more POLICING BY SUPERIOR POSTCODE! somethinginsidesostrong
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