Police prioritise crime depending on ‘what they are told’ by victims as they are under-resourced, says officer

Police prioritise crime depending on ‘what they are told’ by victims due to lack of resources, says officer

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sergeant Simon Kempton has said that victims of crime should tell police how they'll be affected, as officers are more likely to prioritise crime with a bigger impact on the victim due to lack of resources.

Sergeant Kempton, from Dorset Police, told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “If only we had the resources for a police officer to say ‘my job today is to look for stolen stuff on eBay’, but unfortunately, those days are gone.

When asked by Graham how police officers would know which victims are the most affected by crimes, Sergeant Kempton said they needed to tell officers.  

“People should tell us ‘this is my only mode of transport, how am I going to work? If I don’t get to work, I am going to lose my job,’ he said.

“We are led by what we are told.”

He added: “We are talking about what affect it has on victims and what is the threat of it happening again.”


'What the effect is on the victim' 

Watch: Fomer Metropolitan Police Officer Chris Hobbs discuss under-resourcing in forces

Sergeant Kempton gave an example of how this prioritisation might be used in practice.

“The police use something called THRIVE, it stands for threat, risk, harm and vulnerability of the victim,” he said.

“So what that means is, if you and [co-host] Daisy [McAndrew] both have your push bikes stolen on the same day, it might mean different things to the two of you.

“For you, you might just shrug your shoulders and say ‘I didn’t really care anyway because I have a car’.

“But, it might be Daisy’s only way to get to work.

“It is exactly the same type of crime but we are not lead by the type of crime or how easy it is to solve.

“We are led by what the effect is on the victim."