A new IEA study*, released today, shows that despite increased levels of spending and the recruitment of extra officers, Britains policing system is failing to protect the public from crime. Violent crime has reached record levels and overall crime rates remain ten times higher than in 1950.
Extra police resources have been squandered on Home Office bureaucracy, which has encouraged forces to focus on arresting easy-targets for trivial offences to meet centrally-determined goals. Patrol officers typically spend less than 25% of their shift actually on the beat.
The studys distinguished authors include the Rt. Hon. David Davis MP, Shadow Home Secretary,