The police are in a tricky position. When crime rates go down it is often claimed as a success for great policing. When they go up we can become socio-economic commentators, blaming the bad news on the economy, unemployment or the rise of digital technology. We can’t have it both ways!
Alex Murray OBE is Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in the West Midlands Police, and founder of the Society for Evidence Based Policing.
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