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Four out of ten people believe our police care more about ‘wokeness’ than about catching crime


Four out of ten people believe our police care more about ‘wokeness’ than they do about catching crime, survey suggests

  • Public think that officers do not treat most crimes seriously enough, poll found
  • Voters blame woke policing and the cost of living squeeze for driving up crime

More than four in ten of us believe police are more interested in ‘wokeness’ than catching criminals, a survey suggests.

The public are under the impression that – barring murders and traffic offences – officers do not treat crimes seriously enough, the poll found.

Voters blame woke policing and the cost of living squeeze for driving up crime, according to the study from consultancy Public First and think-tank More in Common. 

The focus groups surveyed agreed that boredom drove young people to crime and blamed the closure of youth centres and community spaces for increased offending in deprived areas.

The public are under the impression that – barring murders and traffic offences – officers do not treat crimes seriously enough, the poll found (file image)

The survey also found that 68 per cent believe the police have given up on trying to solve crimes such as shoplifting and burglaries altogether.

And 81 per cent of the public think the police need to be held more accountable for bad behaviour.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council previously announced that officers in England and Wales would attend every burglary.

Home Office figures show just 3.2 per cent of 200,000 sexual assaults resulted in a charge.

But the latest Crown Prosecution Service figures show that the volume of suspects charged with rape has risen in five consecutive quarters.

The study found support for more on-the-spot fines for people found guilty of antisocial behaviour such as vandalism or drug-taking.

And respondents also indicated support for community schemes for the perpetrators of antisocial behaviour with bespoke punishments that made them responsible for the damage caused by their actions.

The most popular of these were instant fines, and making people pick up litter or clean graffiti.

Focus groups in red-wall seats largely said the levelling up agenda was pointless without a robust plan to tackle crime.

Just 43 per cent of those surveyed trust the Conservative Party over Labour to reduce crime, with this lead narrowing in Red Wall seats to 49 per cent trusting the Conservatives and 51 per cent Labour. 

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