Police officers in red tape hell

September 17, 2007

POLICE officers are so mired in red tape that they risk spending more time recording crimes than solving them, a report warned yesterday.

Cops are also forced to investigate petty offences such as playground fights to hit Government targets — instead of concentrating on bigger crimes.

Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who wrote the damning report, said a culture change was needed to cut “excess bureaucracy”.

He added that fear of making mistakes led officers to “over-record and under-deliver”. In the interim report of his Review of Policing, he said: “We risk diverting officers’ priorities to recording crimes, rather than getting out on the streets solving them and preventing them.”

Bobbies’ union the Police Federation said logging a simple shop-lifting case could take up to FIVE HOURS.

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