Police need "the tools to do the job" if they are going to investigate every crime which is reported, a watchdog has told Good Morning Britain.
HMIC's Thomas Winsor said police did prioritise violent crimes but needed to be "properly supervised, properly lead and given the tools to do the job," if they were going to investigate more low level criminality.
Austerity has forced police to use their time more efficiently and this has meant prioritising calls from victims of alleged crimes, the Association of Chief Police Officers said.
President Sir Hugh Orde said:
We accept that the public has a natural expectation to have a positive and supportive experience of interacting with the police service when they have been a victim of crime.
The reality of austerity in policing means that forces must ensure that their officers' time is put to best use and this means prioritising calls.
In some instances, this may mean that a report of a crime where the victim is not in imminent danger or the offender is not still in the immediate vicinity will be dealt with over the phone or by other means than the deployment of an officer to the scene. This is not an abdication of forces' duty of care to victims.
Some 17 police constabularies in England and Wales have such a disinterested mindset towards some crimes they "failed to identify vulnerable callers", a watchdog has found.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found:
- A total of 37 out of 43 forces in England and Wales used a system in which a call-handler assessed whether an officer should attend the scene of an incident.
- But in some forces, call-handlers could not accurately describe what amounted to a risk or threat.
- Attendance rates at crime scenes in the year to November 30 2013 varied widely between forces from 39% in Warwickshire to 100% in Cleveland.
- This means that nearly two-thirds of crime scenes in Warwickshire were not attended by a police officer.
- And in 17 forces, the Inspectorate found police community support officers (PCSOs) were being asked to investigate crimes beyond their role profile and training.
Police Scotland officers in Midlothian are today issuing a fresh appeal for information to help trace a man who has now been missing for over a week.
Police Scotland believe he may have travelled to Teesside, County Durham or Tyneside.
Kevin Paul Bailey, 51, was last seen on Tenth Street in Newtongrange, south of Edinburgh, at 12.45pm on Tuesday, 12th August.
Kevin, who has an English accent, is described as white, 5ft 6in, of slim build, with blue eyes and dark brown/grey hair that is balding.
On Monday 18th August, a witness reported seeing a man fitting Kevin’s description walking southbound on the A7 between Hardengreen Roundabout, near Dalkeith, at around 3pm.
Police Scotland is keen to speak to anyone else who thinks they may have seen Kevin in and around that area that day.
Officers have also issued a fresh image of the missing man. The image was captured at the Melville Inn in Lasswade on Monday, 11th August and it is believed Kevin may still be wearing the same large red rain jacket, which has a black stripe and thin white piping down the full length of each sleeve.
Police Scotland are keen to speak to anyone who has any information about his whereabouts.
A special service will be held today to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of ironstone mining in Cleveland.
At its peak there were 83 iron ore mines employing more than 40,000 men. By the late 1950s only seven remained and in 1964 the last one closed down. The service at 3.00pm in St Helen's Parish Church in Carlin How will celebrate this important part of Cleveland's industrial heritage.
A man has died following what Cleveland Police describe as a "medical episode" while he was driving this afternoon.
It happened on Station Road in Eaglescliffe at 3pm.
Police say the driver of a BMW, believed to be in his 60’s, collided with a Ford Mondeo after having a "medical episode".
He then veered across the road onto the junction of Station Road and Yarm Road where he went through a garden wall.
The man, who hasn't been formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no passengers in the car and no other people were injured.
Police are this evening searching for 27-year-old Ian Fawcett who is wanted in connection with a stabbing at around 6pm Friday evening at an address on Roworth Road in Middlesbrough.
A 20-year-old man received stab wounds during a disturbance, a man received serious injuries to his ear and a woman was threatened.
Ian Fawcett was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit and is around 6ft tall, medium build, with short brown hair.
Officers are actively seeking the man with units on the ground.
Members of the public are asked to not to approach him but call Cleveland Police on the emergency number 999.
Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.
David and Janet Warin's son Daniel died driving his girlfriend home from the cinema in Pickering in 1995, a few weeks after he passed his test. Since then, they have given talks to school students urging them to take care when they are new behind the wheel.
Gregg Easteal reports.
Philip Gomm from the RAC Foundation says young people are prepared to take risks that older drivers perhaps wouldn't. It comes as statistics show around 14% of road deaths are caused by drivers aged 17-19.
Around 14% of all deaths and injuries on the roads in Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire involve a driver aged 17-19, according to a study for the RAC.
The figure for Northumbria is closer to the national average at just under 12%. This is despite the fact that only 1.5% of drivers are aged 17-19.
- NATIONAL 11.9%
- NORTHUMBRIA 11.8%
- CLEVELAND 13.8%
- DURHAM 14.1%
- NORTH YORKSHIRE 14%