There’s a rat in the kitchen…

September 27, 2007

star_b041.jpegWhat am I going to do? Respect to Sergeant Hutch from Starsky and Hutch. Hutch in this case is my mate and she’s a she. I refer to her as Hutch although she wear the Starsky cardie to keep her warm. Starsky in nice.  

Now that some victims of crime are a little bit pee’d that they do not get visited and “satisfaction” has dropped, some bright sparks at Senior Officer level have decided that in order to make the “satisfaction” look good we will now offer selected victims of crime a visit if they want one. Hence if these victims feel better our “satisfaction” increases. So now, we police in order to gain “satisfaction.”

What we will do when we get there God knows, but it’ll look good for the survey. An ACPO Officer in Shireshire is leading this initiative; this is the Corporate response to a diabolical situation where we cannot even say to the public, this is the resources we have, this is what we will do and this is what we cannot do. So live with it! (That’s what Hutch says…)

One guesses when offficer’s or PCSO’s attend they will have a reassuring cup of Twining’s tea, nod and wag their tales and move on.

What an utter waste of time. But for those Senior officer’s looking for another notch on the way up, what better way then massaging the statistics further…..

There’s a rat in the kitchen, what am I going to do? My mate Hutch said, this is a joke and bosses just don’t have the….. to be honest. I’m  with Hutch on this. The team behind this initiative includes an ex Chief Super, a Chief Inspector and countless others….and all to make the figures match. I guess this way some people keep their jobs and get noticed. One feels a Twining gong is on offer here, but to whom shall we give this gong?



  1. Statistics matter, perception matters even more. It sounds like a waste of time. It is a waste of time. Sounds like the bosses don’t want to be hassled by the politicians and the public for being uncaring. When will people be a little more honest with he public. We’re all not stupid.

  2. JohnN, the public are stupid! That’s what bosses think. The Government is stupid! That’s what the bosses think. Mcnulty is stupid! That’s what we think. But this is all true. We’d be better off dealing with preventing crimes than dealing with this particlular pereception. This perception is a silly one. I can understand us working on perception and minority communities, but this is just unreal and pure incompetence.

  3. Dear Blogger,

    I am an ex Met officer, now in my 3rd year of a full-time law degree. I have a research project underway and I really need the views of serving officers on one specific question (regarding s139 CJA 1988). I have created a small and very basic website which poses the question and allows officers to vote yes/no to the answer.

    The site is http://anorhack.com (no’www’ – that’s important)

    I’d be hugely grateful if you could pop a link to it on yr blog. For statistical purposes, the more replies I get, the better!


    Phil Bowles

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