release today by Civitas, the Institute for the
Study of Civil Society, confirms the rottenness of today's
police in Britain.
Most of the blame is attributed to the politicians,
who have engineered the police to turn innocuous incidents
into crimes in order to fulfil targets set by the Home
The author of the report, Harriet Sargeant, explains
how the balance of power in policing has changed:
"When officers join the police force they swear
an oath of allegiance to the Queen, not the prime minister.
Unlike many other forces, British police have never
been servants of the state: officers' powers are personal,
used at their own discretion and derived from the Crown
- until now."
Top officers can earn bonuses of between £5,000 and
£15,000 if their force meets Government targets and
ordinary officers are under pressure to help them achieve
this while neglecting other crimes.
The Civitas report continues, "In order to meet
targets, police are now classifying incidents as crimes
that would previously have been dealt with informally,
classified differently or ignored."
According to the Daily
Mail, "One officer was so concerned he told
his teenage son to be careful at the end of each month."
From Civitas, "Section 5 of the Public Order Act
allows police to arrest anyone for 'threatening, abusive
or insulting words or behaviour within the sight of
a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress'.
Before the arrival of sanction detections, the police
only evoked Section 5 for a public order offence, but
now that police can now claim a sanction detection for
an arrest under Section 5, minor crime and even innocuous
activities appear in a different light."
"Everyone arrested gives a sample of DNA which
automatically guarantees a criminal record number on
the Police National Computer. A criminal record number
affects a young person taking up certain occupations
(joining the police for one) and getting a USA visa.
One senior police officer confirmed: "We are in discussions
with the Americans to make them aware of our system."
The Americans find it difficult to understand that a
number of our criminals are not criminal at all - simply
a result of Home Office targets.' (p.49)"
Rather than tackling crime effectively,
the report states, "We are bringing more and more
people to justice but they are the wrong people. Like
other targets, they measure what was chosen to be measured,
not whether the public are getting a good service."
A child stealing a Mars bar is given
the same gravitas as murder!
Complaints against the police have
risen; the increase mainly from law-abiding citizens.
"Not only do the police seem intent
on criminalising those whose offences, if they can be
regarded as offences at all, are trivial, like holding
open a lift door (p.49); they are accused of concentrating
on easy-to-deal-with offending, like speeding, while
the real criminals seem to be getting away with it.
They are slow to respond to calls, even to serious crimes
taking place; often slack about follow-up; and unwilling
to tackle persistent anti-social behaviour that blights
While there are more police than ever,
their excuse is that there are not enough police officers
compared to other countries.
The USA, for example, has vastly more
police than a few years ago, yet has the world's highest
prison population, higher even than China, a communist
dictatorship with four times the population!
"The deluge of paperwork imposed
on the police by Whitehall means that just 14% of officer
time is spent on patrol (p.17)"
Harriet Sergeant recommends getting
the government out of policing and the removal of targets.
All in all, this report highlights
the very serious dereliction of duty by the Government
regarding our once much-admired and respected police.
It also shows how serious criminals
are living free, directly as a result of resources being
used to train the general public to fear the 'authorities.'
I believe the evidence points to this
being the real agenda.
Real criminals are generally after
personal gain and rarely a threat to the ruling elite,
unlike some law-abiding citizens who are seen as a threat
by working for justice and decency in society, concepts
seemingly alien and undesirable to the elite, who want
the masses immoral, dumbed-down sheep for easy herding.
When "the wrong people" are
routinely being arrested, we know we are living in a