In the battle to the bottom (of illustrious nations which have chronically lost their way), I bring you, in this corner…England!
Police officers must fill in a form every time they shout at a suspect they are restraining, with 165,000 uses of ‘tactical communication’ recorded last year.
National guidelines for England and Wales require officers to note down each occasion they use ‘force’ in their duties – which includes actions like drawing a firearm or putting someone in handcuffs.
While shouting at an assailant to follow an instruction is not technically considered a use of force, it must be recorded if it is used in conjunction with another restraining tactic, according to a Home Office data release.
This is a grand idea, no?
Let’s anchor our police officers to desks where they can languish in bureaucratic oblivion while they complete reams of state-required forms each and every time they shout at, or physically restrain, suspects.
The devil is in the details, the details, oh, the details.
Obsessive currying of data sets is the fuel that perpetuates bureaucracies around the world.
Forces in England and Wales recorded 313,000 uses of force last year – with 200,000 of these involving a suspect being put in handcuffs and 111,000 where officers physically restrained someone without the use of a weapon.
Officers only discharged a firearm on 12 occasions.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said: ‘This release of this new national data shines a light on how police use force, and offers unprecedented transparency to the public.’
Uh yeah, sure, let’s call it transparency. Transparency for the sake of transparency is forced and counterproductive. Over the span of time, how much serious policing will be curtailed since officers will face the specter of paperwork duty every time they restrain suspects? The public’s expectation of transparency will ultimately end up endangering its safety.
It comes as Home Secretary Sajid Javid said police forces will be expected to show results with an extra £970 million funded partly by increases to council tax.
The Government announced what it called the largest overall increase to police funding since 2010 with a potential £970 million rise but one rank-and-file leader described the move as a ‘sticking plaster solution’.
Unveiling the provisional funding settlement of up to £14 billion for 2019/20, Mr Javid said demand and pressures on police had risen this year as a result of ‘changing crime’.
It all comes down to funding and ass-covering, of course.
These are tentacles of cultural destruction. Too much talking, deliberating, quantifying, of aspects of society which are best left to action, not bureaucrats.
Recently, Government ministers have come under sustained pressure to provide a cash injection as forces attempt to tackle rising levels of serious violence, and knife crime in particular, as well as a severe terror threat.
The states demands, “Our money is not free!”
Your security surely is not.