A Tangled Web: Why You Can't Believe Crime Statistics Paperback – Abridged, Audiobook, Box set
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About the Author
Rodger Patrick, BA (Hons), MSc. (by research), PhD, Beta Gamma Sigma (awarded by Aston Business School) in an ex-Chief Inspector of West Midlands Police. He served for thirty years in the West Midlands Police before retiring in 2005. During his career he carried out a variety of roles including training, personnel, CID, community relations and public order. However his greatest operational challenge was policing a large inner-city area including the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham during the 1990s when community representatives came onto the streets in large numbers to challenge the drug dealers, pimps, kerb crawlers and street sex workers who, they maintained, were responsible for making the neighbourhood unsafe for residents. Negotiating a way through this crisis of confidence in the police brought about a transformation in the way the local police interacted with the populace and heralded a sea-change in the way the area was policed. By 2000 the area had ceased to be Birmingham's 'red light' district. This experience stimulated his academic interest in the relationship between police governance, policing style and effectiveness and he completed a case study on the Balsall Heath experience as part of an MSc (by research) at Aston Business School in 2004. This quantification of the impact of changes in police accountability led to an attempt to assess the impact of performance management on police effectiveness as a piece of doctoral research. However, it quickly became clear that the data on police performance was being distorted by various 'gaming'- type practices. This rendered any attempt to gauge accurately the impact of change on performance based on official statistics virtually meaningless. The focus of the research then shifted to the identification, categorisation and measurement of 'gaming' practices and the implications for the governance and regulation of the police. This study was carried out at the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham and completed in 2009. The author applied for a position on the Crime Statistics Oversight Committee in 2013 but his offer of assistance was declined.
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