More targets for police, please

A senior policeman this week urged the government to introduce
performance indicator targets for police child protection work to
raise its priority.

Paul Kernaghan, chief constable of Hampshire Constabulary, told a
1000-strong audience of health, police and social work
professionals that the government had told forces to prioritise
child protection but had offered no incentives.

He said that, by comparison, figures on crimes such as burglary
were gathered by government inspectors. “What gets measured gets
done,” he said.

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