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Police: Nonsense

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

If you use this…

“Total recorded crime this month (2,325 offences) shows an increase of 64 offences compared to last month (+2.8%), and an increase of 97 offences compared to the same period last year (+4.4%). The year-to-date figure is 113 offences higher than the previous year’s year-to-date figure (+1.3%), equating to an average of +0.9 additional offences per day. Performance is currently missing the reduction target of -5% by 6.3%. This area is currently ranked 5th of 6 in the league table”.

You might as well use this…

“Total galloobious this pobble (2,325 Quangle-Wangles) shows an increase of Ring-Bo-Ree compared to the last clangle-wangle, and an increase of 97 Tropical Turnspits compared to shuttledore (+4.4 plum puddings). The Torrible Zone is 113 mumbians higher than the previous Gromboolian, equating to an average of +0.9 runcible spoons per Tiggory-tree. Performance is currently missing the Chankly-Bore target by 6.3%. This Gramblamble is currently ranked Willeby-Wat in the bikky wikky tikky mee”.

(With apologies to Edward Lear).

Lear edit

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Police: Face the Facts

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

We like actual evidence, don’t we?

Binary comparison evidence

Then don’t be like the guy on the right!

Police: Three Different Things

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

Three different things

I almost called this blog post ‘Spot the Difference 2′ because it follows on from this old post. The reason for revisiting the arguments in that blog is because since the advent of our little friend Stick Child, the need to simplify some performance management arguments to a level even the Under-10s can grasp remains ever-present.

Okay, so flippancy aside (for now), you’ve recognised that the banana, giraffe and cartoon bomb are three different things. Are you as confident that you could differentiate between ‘priorities’, ‘measures’ and ‘numerical targets’ though? I only ask because these are also three different things, yet are still routinely conflated with each other; this leads to mental stumbling blocks for those trying to move beyond the targets culture in management.

So, to break it down…

Priorities are the things considered important. They are what the organisation places value upon. They reflect the aim (or an aim) of the system. They focus attention, direction, effort and activity. Having no priorities is bad, because it means the...

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Police: DO NOT USE!

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

Remember all that recent Incontrovertible Evidence suggesting targets cause dysfunctional behaviour in policing? (Yes, I can feel your shock and surprise).

Well, the warnings that the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) issued were akin to your local friendly gas engineer putting one of these on a dodgy appliance…

gas warning notice

Yes, that means potential danger has been identified and you have been warned not to use the appliance because highly predictable adverse consequences are likely to ensue.

The PASC report is the targets equivalent of that gas engineer putting a prohibition notice on your dodgy appliance and warning you in the strongest possible terms:


It doesn’t get much clearer than that, does it?

So, don’t be like this genius…

Do Not Use - conversation


If you ignore the notice, guess what’s going to happen?

Do Not Use - Boom


Police: Why Binary Comparisons are Really Silly

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

Imagine having a rich resource of useful information at your fingertips, but then deliberately ignoring most of it for no logical reason whatsoever…

Binary conversation

No, I don’t understand either.

Police: Weak Excuses for Using Binary Comparisons

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

Due to the popularity of my last ‘poster’ blog, here’s another…

Weak excuses for using binary comparisons

You can download a pdf of the poster here: Weak excuses for using binary comparisons.

Enjoy ;-)

Police: Get Help Now!

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

After all the heavy news coverage of recent days about the adverse impact of numerical targets within policing (e.g. PASC findings and the Metropolitan Police Federation report), I thought I’d lighten the mood with a #StickChild poster for you to laugh at:

SCSSI poster
You can download a pdf of the poster here: SCSSI poster

Enjoy! ;-)





Police: Incontrovertible Evidence

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

red hand1Today, on the 9th April 2014, the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published their report into allegations of police mis-recording of crime statistics. (The report - Caught Red-Handed: Why We Can’t Count on Police Recorded Crime Statistics – can be viewed here).

During the course of several weeks, the PASC considered written and oral evidence from serving and former police officers, academics, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), statisticians, subject matter experts, and others. (My written submission can be viewed here).

I thought I’d highlight a few salient points from the report, which lays much of the blame for mis-recording of crime stats directly at the feet of performance targets. It highlights:

  • Performance pressures associated with targets acting as perverse incentives. (paragraph 21)
  • An entrenched target culture, which persists to this day. (paragraph 73)
  • A conflict between achievement of targets and core policing values. (paragraph 88)
  • The pernicious effects of target cultures. (paragraph...

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Police: Stick Child says…

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Stick Child with book

Today, the 28th March 2014, is the first anniversary of the publication of my book, Intelligent Policing. (For Amazon user reviews, see here).

To celebrate its first birthday, I am running a competition on Twitter where you can win a signed copy of Intelligent Policing, complete with a hand-drawn picture of my pal Stick Child inside the front cover. The competition is called ‘Stick Child says…’

All you have to do is come up with a tweet beginning with the words “Stick Child says”, followed by the most apt or amusing sentence you can think of. Remember to include my username @SimonJGuilfoyle in the tweet, otherwise I might not see it, and for extra points try and include the hash tag #intelligentpolicing if you can fit it in.

The competition will close at midday (GMT) on Saturday 29th March 2014, so get your entry in quickly. I will announce the winner soon afterwards and make contact via DM to arrange delivery of your signed copy. Your signed copy will feature a picture of Stick Child saying your winning message…

Get tweeting!

Police: The Weather Man

Written by RSS Poster inspguilfoyle

Sometimes when Stick Child and his friends are out playing, they see an old man walking his dog. They call this man ‘The Weather Man’, because he always asks the stick children to help him predict the weather. He asks the children to pick a pebble from the nearby stream, then he looks at it carefully, before declaring whether tomorrow’s weather will be sunny or rainy, hot or cold, windy or calm.

Stick children and weather man

The stick children like the old man, but think his weather forecasting antics are rather odd and amusing, because he’s not usually right. He thinks that if the pebble is larger or smaller, a different colour or a different shape than the one yesterday, this enables him to predict what tomorrow’s weather will be like. Often they see him walking his dog in his T-shirt and Bermuda shorts in torrential rain, or sweltering in a thick duffle coat on a scorching hot day because he got it wrong again.

One day, the stick children asked the old man why he thought he could predict the weather by comparing pebbles and he told them it was because he’d always...

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