This article in the Independent newspaper which is matched by similar articles in Policing Insight and Police Oracle raises the need for the Government to reverse its focus on simple tests for crime capture statistics and instead focus in part (not exclusively) on the need to reduce and prevent crime. The big challenge is that just as was the case during many of the years when the Labour Party were running the country, the cost and ability to measure crime prevention and reduction is very difficult and so the temptation is to end the focus on such matters and instead simply measure how many criminals are being caught and locked up.
Crime Prevention and reduction is a great deal more complex than arresting people for what they have done, however it is the solution we need for our nation. Unfortunately the Tory Party manifesto referred to Crime in 22 places and not one of those was in connection with Crime Prevention or even Crime Reduction. We need to find a way of inspiring or indeed changing the ideas that exist in the Conservative Party. Let us hope that some of their more progressive MPs and Party Members will be willing to do this as there is very little prospect of them taking Martin Hewitt on at face value, given that his role as head of the Police Chiefs in our Nation did not inspire their manifesto or any of their speeches during the election campaign. A clear need alongside the focus on this approach by our police services is a strong collaborative effort as many of the preventative elements will need to come from other agencies.