Wasting police time

Isn’t there a law against this? It seems as though London’s Lib Dem GLA members have a little too much time on their hands, so they called up all the police stations in London to see how many calls got answered.

The shock result of this test was that many of them didn’t answer the call. Now I am not going to pretend that policing in London is without it’s problems but this seems to me to be a waste of police time.

Imagine the call…… ring, ring . . . . ring, ring

Busy copper – “Hello Sidcup police station how can I help?”
Lib Dem – “Oh, I didn’t really expect you to answer!”
Busy copper – “Well I have, how can I help?”
Lib Dem – “I don’t really need any help, I just wanted to see if you would answer the phone.”
Busy copper – “Was that really all you needed?”
Lib Dem – “Yes, I’m calling from the Lib Dems to see if you answer the phones.”
Busy copper – “Oh, right, it’s just we are all quite busy here at the moment and this call has rather added to that busyness, so if there is nothing else you need.”
Lib Dem – “No, that’s it.”
Busy copper – “OK, good bye then.”
Lib Dem – “Bye, bye”

Busy copper’s colleague – “Who was that on the phone?”
Busy copper – “One of those twits that want to give votes to prisoners”

18 responses to “Wasting police time

  1. Good job the police don’t answer 46% of calls otherwise another 20 minutes of police time would be wasted. But while the police can’t be bother to answer calls to the police stations they should not be shocked that < HREF="http://www.met.police.uk/999/" REL="nofollow">20% of 999 calls<> are not emergencies. That is what happens if you have no other way to contact the police.Prisoners do have the right to vote, as decided in the European Court in 2005 and backed by the < HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6294973.stm" REL="nofollow">Scottish Supreme Court<> this year. All that is now needed is for this to be implemented in the UK, like it is in every other Western European country. Until then we will continue to waste public money < HREF="http://news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=134512007" REL="nofollow">compensating prisoners<> for an abuse of their human rights.So you should get in campaigning in Belmarsh. I am sure a few old friends of < HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmarsh_Prison#Notable_detainees" REL="nofollow">Jeffery Archer<> would give the Conservatives their support!

  2. Good job the police don’t answer 46% of calls otherwise another 20 minutes of police time would be wasted. But while the police can’t be bother to answer calls to the police stations they should not be shocked that < HREF="http://www.met.police.uk/999/" REL="nofollow">20% of 999 calls<> are not emergencies. That is what happens if you have no other way to contact the police.Prisoners do have the right to vote, as decided in the European Court in 2005 and backed by the < HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/6294973.stm" REL="nofollow">Scottish Supreme Court<> this year. All that is now needed is for this to be implemented in the UK, like it is in every other Western European country. Until then we will continue to waste public money < HREF="http://news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=134512007" REL="nofollow">compensating prisoners<> for an abuse of their human rights.So you should get in campaigning in Belmarsh. I am sure a few old friends of < HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmarsh_Prison#Notable_detainees" REL="nofollow">Jeffery Archer<> would give the Conservatives their support!

  3. why are the lib dems phoning the police? they don’t believe in them!why do you need police if you believe in abolishing mandatory life sentences for murders?

  4. why are the lib dems phoning the police? they don’t believe in them!why do you need police if you believe in abolishing mandatory life sentences for murders?

  5. The results of the lack of police stations answering calls is simply shocking. This is an issue the Tories should be highlighting – instead the Liberal Democrats have revealed the level of the problem.All surveys of public services (and the Tories at Westminster are carrying out many at present) make some requirement on those answering telephone calls, or filling in forms. However, if the survey reveals something significant the time required in providing the information by public servants is ultimately insignificant. Two or three hundred phone calls to police stations across London (many of them not answered) will not create any difficulty for the Met and have no impact on policing in any locality. What really matters is that there are changes in procedures and the vast majority of phone calls are effectivley answered in a reasonable timeframe – that could ensure confidence in the police is improved and valuable information about crime is fed through to the police.Hopefully this survey will help lead to some much needed changes and if it does it will be no help due to the Conservative Party.James – on this issue, in attacking the Liberal Democrats, you really have lost the plot.

  6. The results of the lack of police stations answering calls is simply shocking. This is an issue the Tories should be highlighting – instead the Liberal Democrats have revealed the level of the problem.All surveys of public services (and the Tories at Westminster are carrying out many at present) make some requirement on those answering telephone calls, or filling in forms. However, if the survey reveals something significant the time required in providing the information by public servants is ultimately insignificant. Two or three hundred phone calls to police stations across London (many of them not answered) will not create any difficulty for the Met and have no impact on policing in any locality. What really matters is that there are changes in procedures and the vast majority of phone calls are effectivley answered in a reasonable timeframe – that could ensure confidence in the police is improved and valuable information about crime is fed through to the police.Hopefully this survey will help lead to some much needed changes and if it does it will be no help due to the Conservative Party.James – on this issue, in attacking the Liberal Democrats, you really have lost the plot.

  7. I called the Lib Dems the other day to see how busy they were – you know what? Everytime I called there was someone there to take the call.

  8. I called the Lib Dems the other day to see how busy they were – you know what? Everytime I called there was someone there to take the call.

  9. James,As ever, you seem to not answer questions put to you on your blog.I personally think it is a good thing that the accessibility of police stations across the whole of London has been publicised and put on record… you instead just prefer to make a cheap and silly attack at the Liberal Democrats. Quite frankly you should be ashamed of yourself.It is surely wrong that across London people are frustrated in attempting to report crimes to their local polie stations. I guess you think this is OK. Or you think a cheap attack at the Liberal Democrats is better than dealing with a serious issue?I would ask you look at the record of some Tory MPs (Grant Shapps comes to mind) who have carried out extensive surveys and freedom of information requests. He has probably created hundreds of hours of work for public servants, but what he has revealed has been well worth the time and expense. What is the difference betweem what he hs done and the Liberal Democrat GLA Members? Ultimatley, if you think it is fun that half of police stations across London don’t even phone calls then carry on… but any claim you ever make to be serious about crime will be considered a joke by everyone.

  10. James,As ever, you seem to not answer questions put to you on your blog.I personally think it is a good thing that the accessibility of police stations across the whole of London has been publicised and put on record… you instead just prefer to make a cheap and silly attack at the Liberal Democrats. Quite frankly you should be ashamed of yourself.It is surely wrong that across London people are frustrated in attempting to report crimes to their local polie stations. I guess you think this is OK. Or you think a cheap attack at the Liberal Democrats is better than dealing with a serious issue?I would ask you look at the record of some Tory MPs (Grant Shapps comes to mind) who have carried out extensive surveys and freedom of information requests. He has probably created hundreds of hours of work for public servants, but what he has revealed has been well worth the time and expense. What is the difference betweem what he hs done and the Liberal Democrat GLA Members? Ultimatley, if you think it is fun that half of police stations across London don’t even phone calls then carry on… but any claim you ever make to be serious about crime will be considered a joke by everyone.

  11. My question is simple – do you think it is acceptable that so many police stations across London are not answering telephone calls? If so, why do you attack a political party that has revealed this and put this issue in the public domain?

  12. My question is simple – do you think it is acceptable that so many police stations across London are not answering telephone calls? If so, why do you attack a political party that has revealed this and put this issue in the public domain?

  13. Anon,There are lots of things that I do not think are acceptable. The point that I am making is that we all know that the police are overstretched and that leads to gaps in their activities. The Lib Dem proposal to give them some more computers and some voice recognition software is laughable and will not reduce their workload at all.Would I rather have a police officer out preventing or detecting crime or answering non urgent telephone calls? I would almost always get them out and about.While these phone calls may not have added a huge amount to their workload they have in fact told us nothing we don’t already know and as your own front bench spokesman on Home Affairs said about the lack of front line policing. “This is what comes from tying up police officers in reams of paperwork and government tick box bureaucracy.”It is enlightening to see (yet again) how thin skinned and humourless some people can be.

  14. Anon,There are lots of things that I do not think are acceptable. The point that I am making is that we all know that the police are overstretched and that leads to gaps in their activities. The Lib Dem proposal to give them some more computers and some voice recognition software is laughable and will not reduce their workload at all.Would I rather have a police officer out preventing or detecting crime or answering non urgent telephone calls? I would almost always get them out and about.While these phone calls may not have added a huge amount to their workload they have in fact told us nothing we don’t already know and as your own front bench spokesman on Home Affairs said about the lack of front line policing. “This is what comes from tying up police officers in reams of paperwork and government tick box bureaucracy.”It is enlightening to see (yet again) how thin skinned and humourless some people can be.

  15. James,A far from satsifactory answer. You also seem to be very tolerant towards local police stations being inaccessible. I would suggest you also have a rather negative attitude towards the use of technology that is standard throughout the private sector.As for a sense of humour. I think that is something you are certainly not qualified to comment upon. All I can say is that your repeated defeats (including moving from seond to third in the Lewisham Mayoral elections) have created much amusement and laughter.

  16. James,A far from satsifactory answer. You also seem to be very tolerant towards local police stations being inaccessible. I would suggest you also have a rather negative attitude towards the use of technology that is standard throughout the private sector.As for a sense of humour. I think that is something you are certainly not qualified to comment upon. All I can say is that your repeated defeats (including moving from seond to third in the Lewisham Mayoral elections) have created much amusement and laughter.

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