Just had a friendly chat with my local bobby whom I meet with regularly. Good local coppers like him are an endangered species. I told him that if the police were a business they would be bust in no time , and needless to say he was in total agreeemnt. Which got me thinking - they employ lots of accounting staff but why is nobody coming up with efficient and cost effective measures that will deliver the service the public wants and deserves. Has anybody costed out the time of waiting in for somebody to come and take a statement (up to a week but not borne by the police anyway) when it could be submitted online and what about online booking for visits ? They have shiny patrol cars and live Twitter feeds so you know that the local scallies shave nicked (allegedly , of course) a bar of chocolate from the corner shop but where is the cost effectiveness of that and how many of us are following the old bill on Twiter? Morale is so low that my copper said to me "only 697 days to go" - when somebody is counting down it's bad news and these are valuble assets just vanishing off the balance sheet , if of course they are valued at all !
Vanishing assets - accounting for the police
23rd May 2012