A BBC Report (Click HERE to read it!) has revealed that police in England & Wales have been encouraging victims of crime to investigate offences themselves, including checking for fingerprints and reviewing CCTV. The report stems from an inspection which has shown that government cuts to the police force have led to their priorities changing and they simply do not have the time and resources to do everything they have done in the past. As a result, some crimes (including car crimes and vandalism) are on the verge of being decriminalised (meaning the police can't solve them, so won't deal with them). Further findings of the inspection reveal that:
This would be a useful contemporary example to use in your writing. For example, it is further evidence for the way that crime can be socially constructed by the police and raises questions about what might happen if some types of criminal damage become effectively decriminalised. It shows further - and very serious - issues with the inconsistent ways in which police forces record and responding to crime (some real 'cuffing' going on here) and therefore has real implications for the validity of police statistics. It may also have a real impact on victims of crime - will we report crimes to the police if we know they're ignoring them, or may ask us to investigate ourselves? Will victims feel empowered by being 'given' a role in solving their crimes? How might this fit in with Left and Right Realist views regarding the role of the police and solutions to the crime problem?
Crime & Deviance
A2 Unit: G673