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Old 24th Sep 2006, 08:34
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Unwell_Raptor
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: The Valley Where the Thames Runs Softly
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G-CPTN - why did you not appeal?

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It's no good blaming senior police officers for the current situation, as it is the result of deliberate political action.

The Government is obsessed with a tick-box target-driven culture. Those of us who work in the criminal justice system (I'm a JOH: a Judicial Office Holder!) are all too familiar with OBtJs (offences brought to justice) and Sanction Detections which is anything that results in someone getting a ticket. There is no credit to the officer who has a quiet word, and defuses a situation. Come the next election, the Government will brandish figures to 'prove' that the number of criminals brought to justice has increased by x per cent. You can't blame senior police for responding to demands from the politicians in charge. It's what they are paid to do, after all.

The justice system has gone through thousands of changes in the last few years, many of them intended to 'send a message' rather than to do anything. What is now needed is a breathing space to absorb the changes and to settle the system down into stability. I have heard that opinion from an under-training junior court clerk, and from a Lord Justice of Appeal. It's one of the few things that everyone in the system can agree on.
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