The cyclical public (read media) hysteria over WA’s crime rates is staggering in its almost total dishonesty this time around.
Yes, the crime rate is higher than it was at some other milestone in time. But why is everybody (read Media again) so intent on blaming the Police Commissioner and his troops for rising crime rates.
Amongst all the misleading mud being thrown are the words ‘response times’. Read that again ‘response times’. The key word is is ‘response’. Yep. That’s what police do. They ‘respond’. They rarely, if ever, respond to a crime that has NOT been committed. So..that means the crimes are happening anyway, and police ARE responding to them.
Guess what? Crime is only one of SEVEN different responsibilities police have. Can any of the armchair experts name the others. Here’s a hint. Traffic is one. (Not road safety).
The big question NOT being asked by the media is quite simple, “What are all the other State and Federal Government agencies doing in the fight against crime?” Try and ask the question and see how far you get. Education has a major role, as does Health and the Judiciary, just to name a few. When are they stepping up to the plate?
Come to think of it. If all these other agencies did their jobs there would be less crime for police to respond to.
Police cannot do this on their own. It needs a whole-of-government approach at the very least. Don’t forget that statistic that usually raises its ugly head with every media cycle of the crime hysteria…its something along the lines of 80 or 90% of all crime in WA is committed by the same 5% of the population.