When it was recently reported that the police only investigate 4 out of 10 crimes, the Home Office responded by stating: “We expect the police to investigate ALL crime.”
Nevertheless, the police routinely refuse to investigate many reported crimes, dismissing the offences as trivial, hearsay or civil matters. And yet are still willing to go in hard and heavy on Twitter slurs, Facebook postings and any insult that may offend their most favoured communities.
The fact is, when it comes to criminal investigation the police have only their best interests at heart. If they can palm the complainant off with a shrug of the shoulders or a wave of the hand then they will do so.
But if you remain resolute and insistent, and apply some of the methods listed here, you might actually succeed in getting the police to do their jobs properly…
1. IT’S NOT THE POLICE’S JOB TO PICK AND CHOOSE CRIME
The Home Office is responsible for preventing crime and making sure people feel safe. And the police are employed by them to do just that.
The decision about whether a reported crime warrants an investigation is an operational decision made in accordance with guidelines set by the Home Office. The police have to abide by these guidelines when making their decision. They cannot refuse to investigate a crime simply because they are too busy, have better things to do or think it’s a waste of time.
Furthermore, the police are encouraged by their superiors to avoid recording crime whenever they feel that they can get rid of the complainant, just to keep crime figures low. This in itself is an act of corruption and a sackable offence.
If you believe your police force are engaging in this unlawful practise, report the Chief Constable to your local police and crime commissioner.
2. IF IT FALLS WITHIN HOME OFFICE CLASSIFICATIONS – IT’S A CRIME
The Home Office also determines the seriousness and categories of all offences, not the police. From ‘Genocide against humanity’ to ‘Disclosure of Telegrams’ the Home Office have over 1400 classifications of offences that are considered crimes.
If you have an allegation that falls within this list of offences, then the Home Office considers it a crime, ergo the police MUST respond.
We’ve got a copy of that list as an XL spreadsheet you can download here. It details all of the Home Office codes, sub class of offence and detail of offence.
Why not search through it yourself and pick out the correct classification of offence (or offences) your allegation falls under, pop down to the police station and place it right under their nose.
3. DEMAND TO SEE ANY GUIDELINES REGARDING THE OFFENCE YOU ARE REPORTING
Our arrogant and workshy police will often stop at nothing to avoid having to investigate an offence. So don’t be surprised if even after you point out the correctly coded Home Office offence, they still palm you off with a lot of legal woo and corporate excuses to get rid of you.
Don’t listen to a word they say! The police tend to know very little about legislation and the law, so both the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers draw up long detailed guidelines for the police. These are checklists which tackle elements of many of the most common offences, explaining clearly how the police should handle reports of crime that are made to them.
If you believe you have been fobbed off by some lazy police officer, then demand to see those guidelines. You have a right to see them under Freedom of Informations laws.
And if the police start reciting huge chunks of legislation in a bid to get rid of you, don’t be afraid to remind them that it is not their job to interpret the law. It is their job to enforce it. The Home Office, the government and the courts are there to explain the fineries of legislation, not some lazy cop who has probably memorized it by rote just to help him pass a Sargeant’s exam.
4. IF THE POLICE STILL REFUSE TO INVESTIGATE – COMPLAIN
And you should do this on the spot if you are not getting the help you need.
If you have dialled 999 or 101 and are on the phone to an argumentative call handler, ask to speak to a police officer. Remind the call handler that they are civilian staff and that it is not their job to determine what is a criminal offence. They cannot refuse you to put you through to a police officer if you insist.
Secondly, if you find yourself talking to an indifferent or disinterested police officer who is fobbing you off with excuses, demand to speak to his superior. Again, they cannot refuse this request.
If you still cannot get any help from the police, then make a complaint about every officer that refused to help. For that reason always ask for the collar number and name of any officer that you speak with on the phone.
Under guidelines drawn up by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, if the police refuse to record a crime that you have reported then you can complain about the officers involved. This often has the desired effect of forcing the police to take the allegation seriously and then begin an investigation, although don’t be surprised if it is begrudging or tokenistic as a result.
If you are unsure how to proceed with your complaint then why not telephone the IPCC directly and ask them for advice. They are obliged to give it. You can call them on 0300 020 0096.
5. MAKE THEM AN OFFER THEY CAN’T REFUSE
The last resort – and the most effective in our opinion – is to frame your allegation in such a way that the police simply can’t resist (or refuse).
For instance, we all know that the police are more likely to act upon crime that falls within their politically correct priorities. So be sure to insert an element of this into your allegations, as the police will almost certainly take the bait.
If you are experiencing harassment, then inject an element of possible domestic abuse into it. Perhaps the person harassing you was a spurned lover (Not forgetting that the police are acutely sensitive to same sex relationships). Perhaps you have been receiving phone calls that contain racial slurs within them. Or the threats have mentioned your children.
This goes for any allegations that contain elements concerning gays, religion, vulnerable people, children and domestic abuse.
And don’t forget racism works both ways. Just because you are white doesn’t mean you can’t allege police racism. Perhaps you could claim that the only reason that they won’t investigate is because you are white. The police are very sensitive to claims of racism and this is one of the surest ways of making them jump, when they just can’t be bothered.
There is one last step in the process of forcing the police to act upon reported crime. And that is, if they won’t take action, then take action yourself. Because believe it or not, it isn’t only the police who can bring criminal proceedings against an individual, obtain restraining orders and make arrests.
But that, unfortunately, is beyond the scope of this article.