Chief police officer: 'We DO only investigate 40 per cent of crimes'
POLICE investigating just a percentage of crimes has been the “reality” for years, according to the head of Greater Manchester Police.
Chief Constable Peter Fahy said he does not regret the comments he made earlier this month — that only 40 per cent of crimes are investigated.
Speaking at a public meeting at Greater Manchester Police’s headquarters in Newton Heath, he said: “I absolutely do not regret saying it as we need to be transparent with the public.
“This is the reality of what we do. It is about looking at all the victims.
“It is crucially about looking at 100 per cent of the crimes, seeing what the crimes are and whether there are any patterns.
“It may not be investigated as an offence but it’s looking at that pattern. It isn’t just about investigating burglary — it’s about investigating burglars.”
Mr Fahy stressed that looking into patterns allows police to stop and check suspects and get intelligence from neighbours.
He said he does not think people understand the reality of what police work is carried out.
Mr Fahy added that investigating about 40 per cent of incidents reported has been the case for years, even when he worked for other forces.
He said: “If we look at 100 crimes only 40 per cent will have a reasonable line of inquiry.
“The fact we are not investigating does not mean we do not care. It isn’t about investigating the crime, it’s about investigating the criminals.”
Mr Fahy insisted that the force does not use the term “minor crimes” as it is passionate about investigating offences such as anti-social behaviour as officers understand how miserable it can make people’s lives.
He said all police stations have photo galleries of wanted criminals on their walls and they are the people who officers want to arrest.
The meeting involved Mr Fahy being quizzed by a panel about issues impacting the community.
It included journalists, a councillor and a a representative of a neighbourhood watch scheme.
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