Police Bail, epic fail?

Following a gutter press scum trawl sorry, foi request, millions of people are on police bail… some for more than 5-6 months…

They offer no reasons as to why but I know…


First since the cuts began, we have lost a huge amount of support staff and the schemes to  “put them lazy coppers back on the beat, like good old George Dixon”  have ment large amount of forensic examiners are now dealing with kids playing football…and not putting their many thousands of pounds of training to the best use…

The other thing is we now need to ask cps to charge and they won’t make a decision until they have all the evidence…since it takes say, 6 months to examine a phone…that’s why bail is often so long…

Bit of a none story…

But the me me meja are loath to pass up any anti police story these days…

I wonder where it will end…


22 responses to “Police Bail, epic fail?

  1. Brief Encounter

    Shij, you generally speak good sense but on this point it is well to consider the other side. At anyone time we have loads of clients in the suspended animation of bail and re bail. Sometimes I suspect hat the officer just can’t be bothered as the client is re bailed after waiting for over an hour at the nick. If I was a cynic I might suggest that it was a way of hacking people off. Bail is really unnecessary unless conditions are required. Just tell them that no decision has been made and that they will be notified if they are to present themselves back a the stn. I support the proposal.

  2. Brief Encounter

    If you add up the amount of time that some people waste in going to and from police stations on bails and rebails only to see their case NFA’d at some later date some enterprising lawyer might consider that this ought to be reflected in the damages of a claim. Not my bag, I want my taxes spent on frontline services not wasted on damages claims. I have spent a lot of time in police station reception areas listening to the frustrations of others.

  3. Never ending police bail drives me, as a defence solicitor round the bend. But, but, you put your finger on the problem in your original post. Why ffs do the cps have to take the decision on charge? I am old enough to remember when that was a decision that the Custody Sgt took. What on earth happened so that overnight, the CS, who up until then had the brains to work out whether the suspect should or should not be charged, completely lost his marbles, so much so, that he could not be entrusted with this task?

    Have you got any idea what happened to the CSgts nationwide? Were they all put in a home? Did the Court of Protection have to step in? They actually did their job well by and large. I never understood the rationale behind this legislation other than believing that it made CPS figures look better.

    If the public had any idea about the ridiculous situations that occur because cps take the decision there would outrage – a couple of examples – dwellinghouse burg – client caught in the act of trying to get through patio doors by PC 99 – evidence overwhelming – full and frank confession in 1st interview – bailed 5 times for forensics,
    Possession with intent Class A – 350 Ecstasy tablets at a City wide event – I picked the client up as duty and was gobsmacked to discover he was on bail for a similar offence at a similar event – the only difference being that he had only 250 tablets on him the first time.

    Now there are simply not enough officers to do the work. Sadly, I see this every day. Many simple low level offences get no further than a report to the police because there are not the staff to investigate them. The problem with this is that these are the offences that have most impact on the general public and this inability to function as an investigative body is one of the reasons that public confidence in the police is deteriorating daily.

  4. Brief Encounter

    Well they did put us in a home, we requalified as lawyers which in the current climate confirms that we must have been mad. Its bonkers the CPS making charging decisions as a Cutody Officer I prided myself in laying the correct charges.

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