Police fiddling crime figures

Rebel officer lifts the lid on police cheating

The Observer, July 13 1986

A serving police officer today discloses detailed evidence that police have been cheating the public by falsely claiming to have solved crimes, in order to improve their official statistics.
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Police cheat the public to fix their figures: the evidence

The Observer, July 13 1986

The detective inspector was beside himself with rage. He had just been passed the latest official figures showing the clear-up rates for each of the police stations in Kent. "They're crooked," he barked. "They're ridiculous. Anybody can see they're crooked."
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Evidence of police cheating spreads to other forces

The Observer, July 20 1986

More serving policemen have come forward to confirm disclosures in last week's Observer that police have been cooking the books so that they can claim to have solved hundreds of crimes they have not even investigated.
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The Prime Minister's role in police fiddling of figures

The Observer, July 20 1986

It is, at first sight, an oddity that the latest outbreak of police corruption should occur, not in the grimy backstreets of the crime-riddled inner cities, but in the peaceful middle-class haven of conservative Kent. Yet it is apt. For the roots of this abuse lie deep in the payment-by-results philosophy of the Prime Minister.

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Key documents go missing in corruption inquiry

The London Daily News, March 4 1987

A Scotland Yard inquiry into police corruption has been sabotaged: scores of internal police documents have vanished without trace from official files.
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Portrait of the policeman as a whistleblower

The London Daily News, March 5 1987

Outside the police station, PC Ron Walker sat in his car, gathering his thoughts and trying to stop his knees from shaking with fear. It was more than an hour before he finally mustered the courage to get out and walk up the station steps.
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Police have logged false solutions to tens of thousands of crimes

The Guardian, March 18 1999

Police forces across the country have been taking part in a huge fiddle in which they have pretended to detect tens of thousands of crimes and have wiped from the records a mass of other petty crimes, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
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How police fiddle their crime figures and cheat the public

The Guardian, March 18 1999

The crime game has nothing to do with policing in the way in which the public normally understand it. It has little to do with reality at all. It is a devious means of pretending to win the war against crime, which happens to be fatally flawed by the fact that it allows criminals to escape unpunished and the victims of crime to be cheated of justice.

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Lies, damned lies and crime statistics

The Guardian, July 10 2003

The trouble with crime is that it's illegal. Which means it's secret. Which means that all the king's forces and all the king's men and women at every level of every criminal justice agency in the country don't really know what's happening.

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Street Crime - how Tony Blair fiddled the figures to claim success

The Guardian, July 11 2003

In April last year, Tony Blair launched a crusade against street crime. He personally chaired eight meetings of ministers and chief constables, which chose to spend £261 million on a concerted drive to arrest, try and convict street thieves in the ten forces where the problem was worst. Blair assigned a minister to each of the ten forces and made it their personal responsibility to deliver...

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Government prefers not to stop police cheating victims of crime

The Guardian, July 11 2003

Here is a safe bet: at some point in the future, there will be a major scandal in this country when police are exposed for submitting fictitious reports of their work; specifically, we will discover that they have been cheating in their recording of crime and cheating in their claims to be detecting it.

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