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Election Day -49: Do the crime if you won’t do the time?

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Westminster City Council likes to make out it’s tough on crime and uses local residents’ (often disproportionate) fear of crime as an excuse for measures like putting up “security cameras” whch seem to me to be more about generating parking revenue (see previous blogs).

Which makes its poor performance in an assessment by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate all the more galling.

Westminster received a score of 13, meaning a rating of “Poor”. Staff shortages and inexperienced lawyers were the reason for the miserable rating. HM’s Chief Inspector praised the commitment and effort of the staff and managers, but said Westminster must improve the quality of case preparation and the handling of cases in court. Inexperienced staff have had to handle cases of domestic and other serious violence, as well as sexual offences and hate crime.

Westminster makes a lot of noise about fighting crime with various surveys, consultations and initiatives, but these are all meaningless if prosecutions flounder when crimes have been committed. As HM’s Chief Inspector says, Westminster must raise its game.

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Written by markblackburn

March 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm

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