Met Row Back ‘On-Spot’ Fines

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police announced they are rowing back on the increasing use of ‘on-the-spot fines’ – dished out for being drunk and disorderly, shoplifting and minor public disorder offences. I raised this in Parliament last month. Use of spot fines has rocketed so that, by 2007, half of all offences ‘brought to justice’ did […]

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Crime and Punishment

Two reports out this month shine a light on Surrey Policing. A joint report by the Audit Commission with Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary heaped praise on the Surrey force for its efficiency in workforce deployment, centralising cross-cutting functions (like Human Resources) and rigour in achieving cost-savings. The report commended the Police Authority and Chief […]

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Fight Terror, Defend Freedom

The judge said they posed a threat to UK security, but the law says they cannot be deported – a tough test for new Home Secretary, Theresa May, on week one in the job. Two Pakistani nationals were amongst twelve arrested in a counter-terrorism operation in Manchester. In the absence of sufficient evidence to prosecute, […]

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Election 2010: Smart on Crime

The latest crime figures show an increase in violence over the last year on the government’s preferred measure, the British Crime Survey (BCS). Even then, critics say that the BCS undercounts violence. It doesn’t count murders – the most serious violence. It doesn’t count repeated attacks beyond five offences – so it ignores tragic cases […]

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Open Letter on Surrey Police Review

This weekend, I wrote an open letter to Surrey Police Authority, based on my own consultations, highlighting the local impact in Elmbridge of Surrey’s Operational Policing Review, and requesting further information. You can read the text of the letter below. Peter WilliamsChairmanSurrey Police Authority Dear Peter, SURREY POLICE REVIEW – IMPACT ON ELMBRIDGEThank you for […]

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Pickpocketing Surrey Police

Today, the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons published its report, Police Service Strength. It exposes the extent to which this government has choked local funding for police – literally pickpocketing the Surrey force. We already knew that Surrey taxpayers pay £5.5 billion per year to the Treasury, but get back just a […]

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Police Mergers Threaten Local Policing

Yesterday, The Times reported that the government is looking to force through the merger of a number of police forces. After years of being short-changed by government – a 39% real term decrease in funding for Surrey police since 1997 – a forced merger of Surrey with other forces would be the thin end of […]

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