Well, I thought to myself, that's easy enough. Until I started. The 7 boxes were:
- Tackling Hate Crime (domestic abuse, racial, gender, dis/ability, homophobic abuse)
- Tackling Violent Crime
- Reducing Burglary
- Tackling Drug-related crime
- More visible police/PCSOs on the beat
- Combating Terrorism/Extremist attacks
- Reducing Anti-Social Behaviour
Well. How hard was that? They're so connected. There was no "reducing speeding", "picking on innocent motorists", "paperwork", or "going for a takeaway" (our village Police Station is 5 doors from a Chinese takeaway & the officers seem to be regular customers).
I really struggled, I mean. More visible policing will, by its nature, reduce anti-social behaviour. Tackling drug-related crime is likely to show a reduction in burglary & violent crimes. It's things like this that make me very glad I don't have to make big strategic decision like that. What would you do? (argh! I sound like Jodi Picoult!)
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I asked Squeaky what she wanted to spend the money on, and she said "give it to Daddy", but apparently that's not allowed. Shame, he'd've appreciated it!