Crime statistics fiddled in 'target junkie' police culture

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A new report from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee claims that there is strong evidence that the police are under-recording crimes, with numerical targets giving officers a perverse incentive to mis-record offences.

According to The Independent, the MPs also called for the Chief Inspector of Constabulary to investigate the resignation of PC James Patrick from the Metropolitan Police, who has made public his concerns that the police were fiddling crime statistics. Chair of the Committee, Bernard Jenkin, who is also PC Patrick's local MP, said:

'I think anybody that tries to blow the whistle on the senior command currently in the Metropolitan Police can expect the roof to fall in on their head'.