Not Saussure

April 21, 2007

Police league tables

Filed under: Law — notsaussure @ 11:02 am

The Telegraph reports that,

Police officers operated a football-style league table and gave each other points for making arrests, it has been disclosed.

Senior officers put a stop to the practice when they heard about what was happening in the North Tyneside area, which was reported to a newspaper by a whistleblower.

The unnamed serving officer reported that Northumbria Police colleagues pinned up tables on notice boards in the station, giving points to bobbies for making arrests.

They awarded each other three points for an arrest and one for a summons, fixed penalty or penalty notices for disorder.

The whistleblower told the Newcastle-based Journal newspaper he was concerned colleagues were preoccupied by the tables and feared arrests could be made unnecessarily.


Deputy Chief Constable David Warcup defended his officers today, saying they did not make arrests without good reason.

But he said the league tables were ripped up when he heard about them.

“As soon as we found out there were numerical targets, where there was a points system, that was immediately stopped,” he said,

presumably on the argument that compiling such tables and setting targets is the Home Office’s job.

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