Official targets - and how to cheat them

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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The Big Cheat - fixing the figures to please the education secretary

The Guardian, July 11 2000

There were eighteen children in a classroom. All of them had three things in common: they were all studying Macbeth for GCSE English; they had all turned in essays to be assessed as part of their GCSE; and not one of them had written a single word of any of the essays, because their teacher (with a little help from her husband) had spent the weekend writing the whole lot for them.

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Failing schools and failing solutions

The Guardian, July 11 2000

In the bizarre world of Britain's target-driven schools, it is not only teachers who have joined children in cheating to get good results. The Department for Education are in there, too.

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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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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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