The COVID-19 rule distracted British police from their crime efforts: Study

Even if the recorded crime fell during a pandemic, the need to enforce the COVID-19 restriction distracted British police from tackling serious crimes, a new study found.

According to a joint report, police in England and Wales seemed to have had less time to investigate more serious crimes, although fewer crimes were recorded during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic ().pdf) By Police Foundation, British Police Think Tank, and Crest Advisory Consultant.

They found that the decline in crime was “significantly offset” by the increase in non-crime demand. Many were related to the enforcement of the COVID-19 Regulations.

By the end of March 2020, most police in England and Wales had experienced a “dramatic reduction” in recorded crime, according to the report.

“Restrictions on movement and rallying, insignificant store closures, and a complete outage of the night economy have fundamentally changed the structure of opportunities to commit and report most crimes,” the report said.

At the time, police leaders saw this as a “unique opportunity” to free police resources and actively investigate more serious crimes, such as drug-related gang crimes.

However, as the survey found, police are optimistic about the “COVID-19 Dividend” as they enforce the COVID-19 Act and the pressure to “navigate the new public health role for the police” has increased. The view wasn’t really substantiated.

According to the author, another major factor that prevented British police from earning COVID-19 dividends was the pattern of antisocial behavior.

Antisocial behavior usually accounts for 8-9% of all incident demand during peacetime, but peaked at 17% during a pandemic.

Rick Muir, director of the Police Foundation, said the investigation showed that police successfully responded to the operational challenges of the pandemic.

“Despite being under considerable pressure, the consent-based approach, which is the cornerstone of the British police, remained strong,” he said.

But Muir said the “gray area” between law and government leadership caused difficulties. “During a pandemic, it is inevitable that the law and guidance will have to change. Nevertheless, the frequency of changes has made it difficult for police to enforce the law.”

According to the report, the pandemic “accelerates the existing trend of crime going online and becoming more complex,” so police are using their workforce skills and expertise to deal with new types of crime. There is a need to focus “urgently” on enhancing.

The government is seeking to increase capacity across the 43 armies of England and Wales by hiring new officers through an “uplifting” program.

However, the report concluded that “there is little evidence that the uplift of 20,000 officers is being prepared to meet the challenge.”

Alexander Chan