Former Detective Inspector: 'The police are expecting individuals to gather the evidence themselves'


Thursday, October 25, 2018

A former Detective Inspector has said that due to cuts, police are "expecting individuals to gather the evidence themselves".

Neil Thomas, who worked for the West Midlands Police, appeared on the breakfast show to discuss a new report from the Home Affairs Committee, which warns of "dire consequences for public safety and criminal justice" if no additional funding is found for policing.

Mr Thomas told Julia Hartley-Brewer the current situation was "quite worrying" and called for the Home Office, which has been accused of "a complete failure of leadership" in the report, to step in.

"The Home Office needs to look and do some sort of review, invest in more money, and more importantly have some consistency," Mr Thomas said.


"You expect the police to come and investigate. If you look at the report it talks about fraud in particular, but less than three per cent are getting taken to court.

"It is quite worrying really because you expect the police to turn up, get all the evidence and investigate the crime. What's happening now, more and more, is that the police are expecting individuals to gather the evidence themselves and present a compelling case to the police."


'Tiny proportion' of fraud cases investigated

The 'Policing for the Future' report says that police responses to online child sexual abuse is "nowhere near the scale needed", and that only a "tiny proportion" of online fraud cases were ever investigated.

Mr Thomas added that if members of the public were the victim of a crime and had the offender identified, they should be "insistent" about getting the police to follow up their case.

"I can see why the police file some crimes, but if you've got an offender identified and you've got the evidence behind it, you need to be as insistent as you can to try and convince the police officer and the police service to do something about it."