In the Media

Paperwork 'slowing crime fight'

PUBLISHED March 21, 2005

Bureaucracy and low-level tasks are stopping police from concentrating on investigating crime and dealing with offenders, a chief constable has said.

Bob Quick, head of Surrey Police, said only between 10% and 20% of officers' time was spent on "higher order tasks which are vital to public confidence".
"On average, 30% of officers' time is spent on bureaucracy or clerical work," Surrey Police said in a statement.