Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Friday, 30 September 2016
TIME LIMITS TO POLICE BAIL
I can well understand the police position. Their numbers have dropped dramatically in the last six years from 143,734 to 124,066. Although perhaps some statistics tell us crime has fallen and others that it hasn`t IMHO reduced numbers of police officers mean that all the work that they do has to be rationed or performed over a longer period. And that includes investigation into criminal activity when the person arrested has yet to be charged. F.O.I. figures for the Met Police in 2014 show 4630 people were on bail for over six months.
Governments always seek scapegoats when publicly funded organisations or those contracted out have their budgets cut dramatically, way beyond expectations of increasing efficiency, and subsequently fail to perform to expected standards. The NHS, UK Border Agency as was, the Probation Service, the Prison Service are but a few examples. The police are no exception. Considering the prime minister`s previous office this meeting of contrary opinions is going to cause not a little dust to fly.