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Are police too concerned with performance targets?

MPs were yesterday given the low down on what nodding, cuffing, skewing and stitching is in the manipulation of police crime stats. They were told how crime figures have been routinely re categorised, downgraded or even ignored in order to meet performance targets.   

These manipulations have gone as far as police discouraging victims of rape from formally reporting incidents.

Police expenditure, 1999-2009

Spending on the police in England and Wales grew by nearly 50 per cent between 1999 and 2009, according to a report published by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Police expenditure 1999-2009, the first independent study of police authority spending over the last decade, found that police expenditure grew in real terms from £9.83 billion in 1998/1999 to £14.55 billion in 2008/2009. It also found that much of the burden of this rise fell on local council taxpayers, rather than the Home Office.

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