Police on the trail of volunteer sleuths


by MICK NEVILLE, Former Detective Chief Inspector

THE chickens are coming home to roost in many police forces, where chief constables have spent too much time celebrating diversity and all manner of other fads, rather than focusing on catching criminals.

The CID, in particular, has been allowed to run down, with too many experienced detectives leaving through retirement or disillusionment with the new politically-correct style of policing.

There is, however, a place for volunteers in policing. At New Scotland Yard, I established the volunteer image unit, which viewed thousands of hours of CCTV footage relating to serious crime.

Using volunteers to assist with CCTV is far more realistic than the Essex Police proposal.

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