Police should halt their practice of abandoning crime investigations that have little hope of success, Britain’s most senior officer said last night.
Bernard Hogan-Howe signalled he will phase out the ‘screening out’ of offences that appear too difficult to solve.
The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner said victims should instead decide whether officers investigate a crime.
Mr Hogan-Howe admitted dropping low-level crimes had become accepted as an efficient way of working in some forces.
But the former Merseyside chief suggested many people were disappointed when they discovered no further action had been taken.
Speaking on his second day at Scotland Yard, Mr Hogan-Howe said: ‘Certainly in Merseyside we would leave it to the victim to decide whether we should attend or investigate a crime.
‘Generally that principle can work because most victims are reasonable and they do not expect a Rolls-Royce model. They do not always need us to attend every incident. That is one area where we can improve.’
Bernie certainly knows what to say eh?
Of course it’s madness.
Err.. have you forgotten we are losing people like a Labour politician loses votes… and your FIRST COMMENT IS TO POTENTIALLY QUADRUPLE OUR WORK???????
Geeze… so that’s why they call you ‘two dads’…