ONE QUARTER OF ALL CRIMINALS IN THE UK RECEIVE A POLICE CAUTION FOR THEIR CRIMES – If you are under the impression that the Criminal Justice System in the UK is a well organised and oiled machine then I’m afraid this is going to burst your bubble.
According to new data released by the Metropolitan Police it provides cautions for a one quarter of all the crimes committed and all in the name of keeping the crime rate report as low as possible.
Now you might be thinking that this is not a bad idea, for crimes such as petty theft, which would only put more pressure on the criminal courts and increase the cost to the taxpayer.
Petty crime is one thing but should the Metropolitan Police be handing out cautions for serious crimes? The answer here lies in the determination of a ‘serious crime’ but I am sure we can all agreed and conclude that crimes such as Drug Trafficking, Rape, Robbery, Violent Attacks and Sexual Offences can indeed be classified as ‘serious crimes’.
The only question open now is ‘why is the Metropolitan Police handing out cautions for these types of crimes?’
The disturbing answer is the attempt to keep the crime statistics as low as possible and so that the police are able to meet certain ‘crime solving targets’ set by the Government.
I can understand why the Government would push the police to do more to solve more crimes but such is the debacle that the police force is now being compromised and in order to meet the targets they are having to give out more cautions so that the figures represent a healthy crime solving rate.
This does not and never will, provide justice for the public and only goes to increase the chance of more crime and members becoming victims of crime.
Just in London alone last year over 30,000 cautions were handed out by the Metropolitan Police and these included drug trafficking, rape, violence and other crimes where the perpetrators should have been taken to court and locked up for a very long time.
As you can see from the chart below a staggering 5,843 cautions were handed out for violence attacks. I was also appalled that any cautions were handed out for rape and amazed that 131 drug traffickers got away Scot free.
Covering the whole of the United Kingdom, the respective police forces, across the UK handed out over 205,000 cautions in just the last 12 months. Over 40,000 of these were for drug related offenses, nearly 14,000 for violent assault, over 2,700 burglaries and 1,500 sex offences.
So what is our Government doing about this sham? Well doing anything would at least be something but considering how incompetent the Government it’s unlikely any sensible action plan will be initiated anytime soon.
The truth is that the UK Criminal Justice System is in complete disarray. Criminals know that no matter what crimes they commit they are likely to walk away with either a caution or a suspended sentence. There really is no deterrent left in the UK and unless we remove the barriers to justice then the situation can only get worse.
It often makes me wonder why I bother working so hard when I could quite easily engage in several criminal activities knowing that my crimes would ultimately pay off.
Note the slogan for the Metropolitan Police… are we really working together or is Government forcing the police to fabricate the truth?
Fortunately I don’t believe crime is any way to make a life but I do believe it is time to change our liberal views of looking at criminals as victims of society and start providing punishment that fits the crime.
Before I close this article I don’t want anyone thinking that I am having a pop at the police. You must consider that they are ruled over by an incompetent Government who in turn forces them into incompetency. This is NOT the fault of the police but rather stupidity of Government and until the police start receiving proper support from the Government and Public then their job can only get worse and crime will continue to rise.
Would you consider becoming a police officer? Do you think this Government have any clue on how to run a society that just? Have your say… leave your comments below.