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Observations Bedfordshire Police - in general: ·      

  • Communication is poor and inadequate, and there are no enforced standards across the Force e.g. email responses are frequently incomplete, slow or none existent, maintenance of info on Police.UK, Quarterly Priority Meetings.       

  • Many Officers have forgotten that they exist to serve the public, as Mr Forsyth frequently commented.

  • Many seek to impose their views rather than delivering what the public wants or reaching a mutual agreement.      

  • Most Overpromise and Underdeliver.       

  • Many are Complacent and frequently rely on excuses for their failure to deliver and meet deadlines and commitments – “operational priorities”       

  • Many senior officers lack personal skills and management skills.

  • Many Officers do not learn from mistakes.

  • Incompetence seems to be rewarded by promotion.

  • There is a lack of openness and transparency and an unwillingness to even share the information the public is lawfully entitled to.

  • Inappropriate behaviour goes unchallenged, including by Force Command.

  • Wrongdoing is ignored and covered up e.g. JC – Independent advisor to OPCC incident,  PW - Ms Holloway’s expenses, JM – Conduct towards LNW

  • The Force has lost sight of why it exists, to protect the public and property from crime and disorder and to reduce crime. It has become political and partial and is not focused on serving all members of the public equally.



Nolan Principles




1999, Sir William Macpherson

6.4 "Racism" in general terms consists of conduct or words or practices which advantage or disadvantage people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. In its more subtle form it is as damaging as in its overt form.


6.34 "Institutional Racism" consists of the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people. (The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 1999, p.46.29)





June 2022 Agreement – Mr Rodenhurst ·       

ASB data File – outstanding since 2019 -       

  • Proposed spec does not meet LNW’s requirements ·       

Photos and update process - Outstanding sine March 2021

  • Alex House’s refusal to provide.


LNW Daily Burglary Report



Community Police Hub Nos






(1) Prof John Pitts

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime (MA PhD Dip Ed DipYW FRSA)

He has worked in publishing and as a school teacher; a street and club-based youth worker; a group worker in a Young Offender Institution and as a consultant on youth crime and youth justice to the police and youth justice and legal professionals in the UK, mainland Europe, the Russian Federation and China.


"We have got to rediscover Community Policing"


Since 2007 he has acted as an adviser on violent youth gangs to local authorities and police forces.

He was a consultant to the Centre for Social Justice inquiry into violent youth gangs in the UK, published as Dying to Belong (2009) and a participant in the Prime Minister's Gang Summit in October 2011. He was deputy chair of the London Gangs Forum and was a member of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child and Adolescent Sexual Exploitation. Since 2013 he has been undertaking research on pathways into, and multi-agency responses to, organised crime in Greater Manchester.



  • Youths find protection in gangs when there is no visable Community Policing to protect them

  • Visible Community Policing deters gangs from operating in an area.



(2) Neighbourhood Engagement

is Fundamental to Public Engagement


Leveraging External Stakeholders and the Public - 4 Ways Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Engagement


o      Community Policing is fundamental to public engagement.

o      Locally based officers with local relationships promote public trust and confidence.

o      To educate people the police must first engage with the public which requires a 2-way conversation. o      To get the public’s support the police must listen to the public, be responsive and activity must be shaped to what the public says it wants and needs.


"The Public are the Police and the Police are the Public - We police by consent."




(3) Chief Constable Candidate Selection

"We should be outstanding around Neighbourhood Policing


"Neighbourhood Policing, undoubtedly, has got to be the foundation stone of what we do.


"People want Visible, Accessible, Knowledgeable, Local Officers who understand their concerns in their community.




(4) Police and Crime Panel Meeting 2019

Police Precept increase of 13.5% (£5.8m) "We are Doubling the number of officers comming into the Community Hubs..."


(5) Police and Crime Panel Meeting March 2021

Chief Constable confirms "we've got more police officers in Bedfordshire than ever before"


Analysis of Community Police Hub Numbers

Doubling of Officers in the Hubs



[1] Doubling  


If PCs  

Budgeted 130(2x65)+6+12+45 = 193     Actual 120(2x60)+6+11+38 = 175  

If Officers  

Budgeted (2x128) = 256                           Actual (2x115) = 230



Precept Increse 13.5% (£5.8m)


 

[2] Extra 24 Officers

(Community Hubs (PCC Strategic meeting held on 20/10/2020)




Extra 24

2021/22 Promised Community Police - plus 24: [ Increase was Zero]


If PCs  

Budgeted  193+24 =  217   Actual 175+24 = 199

If Officers  

Budgeted  256+24 = 280    Actual 230+24 = 254




  • 24 Community Police Officers this never happened

  • The 2021/22 Accounts (pg5) show 53 officers were recruited, none of which went to Community Policing.

 

[3] 4 or 72 Community Officers

(Jan 2022 PCC Monthly Strategic Meeting with the Force and Mr Akinbusoye's Public Statements)

Bedfordshire Police (Mr Wells) budgeted for only 4 officers in the Rural Team.


(6) PCC January 2022 Strategic Meeting

Mr Wells confirms only 4 officers budgeted for Rural Team in 2022/23


2022/23 Promised Community Police (Rural) – plus 4  (Mr Akinbusoye promised 72)  


If PCs  

Budgeted   217+4 = 221        Actual 199+4 = 203  

If Officers  

Budgeted  280+4 = 284        Actual 254+4 = 258  



Mr Akinbusoye’s Promise of 72


If PCs  

Budgeted  217+72 = 289       Actual 199+72 = 271  

If Officers  

Budgeted  280+72 = 352       Actual 254+72 = 326






 


[4] Extra 10

(PCP Meeting, Feb 2023/)


If PCs  

Budgeted  221+10 = 231     Actual 203+10 = 213  

If Officers  

Budgeted  284+10 = 294     Actual 258+10 = 268  



If Mr Akinbusoye’s Promise of 72


If PCs  

Budgeted  289+10 = 299       Actual 271+10 = 281  

If Officers  

Budgeted  352+10 = 362       Actual 326+10 = 336  





Current (14/04/2023) shortfall in Community Policing:  


If PCs  

Budgeted 231-107 = 124    Actual 213-107 = 106  

If Officers  

Budgeted  294-107 = 187    Actual 268-107 = 161  




If Mr Akinbusoye’s Promise of 72


If PCs  

Budgeted  299 – 107 = 192     Actual 281 – 107 = 174  

If Officers  

Budgeted  362 – 107 = 255     Actual 336 – 107 = 229




PCs in Hubs











Officers in Hubs


(i)                 The above chart is provided to show the consequences of Ms Holloway’s promise to double “Officers” numbers in the hubs, a shortfall of 255 officers in Community Policing.







All Community Police Functions

(Hubs, Cohesion, Enforcement, Rural, Hate Crime)


CPF = Community Police Functions

Other = (Cohesion, Hate Crime, Rural Crime, Enforcement)


N.B.

(i) None of the Precept PC/Officer numbers are included in the Force’s Budgeted numbers when they should be.

(ii) Budgeted number should be 322 not 168.

(iii) 38 officers below even the Force's Budgeted number of 168  (160=95%).

(iv) Data for all functions start Jan 2022 as only Hub data was reported relatively consistently before this date.






There Will be No Increase in Hub numbers – Mr Rodenhurst

In June 2022, the shortfall in Community Police Hub numbers was brought to Chief Constable Rodenhurst’s attention, his reply was that despite this fact there would be no increase in officer numbers in the Hubs.


On Mr Murphy - "Heads will not role"














Chief Superintendent John Murphy

Breach of sections 1 and 10 of FOI Act 2000.

Breach of section 77 of the FOI Act 2000.

Breach of sections 27 and 28 of the Localism Act 2011. Breach of para 10 of the Policing Protocol Order 2011. Breach of the Police Code of Ethics.

Breach of Article 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998. Breach of section 1 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1998.












Fraud

Expenses















Stop and Search Panel – Not Independent




Alex House Breach of sections 1 and 10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 34 days – 22 working days








Professional Standards – Not Fit For Purpose  

“We are also seeing swifter and more robust action by a professional standards department or PSD  in dealing with police officers whose conduct falls below what is rightly expected by the Chief Constable and indeed the public as well.” (Mr Akinbusoye, PCP Meeting, Feb 2023)











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