I knew that paperwork was king in the police.Well it seems that rather than have our police spending too much time off the street and doing paperwork Humberside police have decided to go for the cheaper option. Getting rid of 13.5% of the police, an expensive resource, and replacing them with a bunch of office based paper pushers instead. Read here.
First I was a bit shocked as this must have an impact on crime. Less coppers would equal more crime but then the reality set in. These coppers were for all intent and purpose already off the streets. It's just a way to save on their wages. I would suspect that it's impact on crime would be negligible.
Kind of makes a mockery of the official statements though that more police are on the streets and how this government is tough on crime. Crime rates are rocketing yet we are spending more time on processing paperwork rather than getting out there and stopping the criminals.
Still, a bit of a statement when coppers are sacked though. I wonder if any high ranking coppers will take the fall as well? Smaller organisation must mean we need less management. No? I didn't think so.