Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Police 'too busy' to solve major crime

By Sophie Borland Last Updated: 1:21am GMT 13/11/2007

Police are letting dangerous criminals slip through the net because they are too busy concentrating on minor offences in order to meet government targets, a former chief constable has warned.
Peter Neyroud, the chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency, claims that catching a murderer now carries no more importance than arresting someone for stealing a pint of milk.
The former chief constable, who heads the organisation set up six months ago to improve policing in England and Wales, said that over the past five years police had focused on increasing the number of so-called "offences brought to justice" in a bid to meet targets.


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