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Police told to scrap gimmicks and start doing their jobs as crime rates soar

Police chiefs were last night told to scrap silly stunts and get officers back on the beat.

They were warned that increasingly bizarre gimmicks were undermining the job of tackling crime .

Officers were blasted for painting their nails, larking around in fairground dodgems, and stroking puppies for stress relief.

Other police posed in bear masks and drug squad officers from one force reportedly asked drug growers if they were victims of slavery.

Yet latest figures out this week show that almost every type of crime is up with knife offences alone rising by a quarter.

Nine out of ten home burglaries are unsolved.

"They have forgotten what their purpose is," said Mick Neville, a retired senior Scotland Yard detective.

"Too many modern chief constables have got more degrees under their belts than arrests.

"The people in charge have simply not done the job. The reason they do not investigate crime is they have never done it themselves. They are looking for cheap wins."

Tory MP Peter Bone accused the police of ‘playing games’. He added: "Most people think police should be out on the beat catching criminals and deterring crime, not doing silly stunts.

"With limited resources I am sure police officers would rather be out catching criminals than taking part in a publicity stunt."

Police officers are being told to concentrate on fighting crime

In Avon and Somerset, police went out on patrol wearing neon nail varnish to raise awareness of modern-day slavery.

The force posted images of officers pampering themselves with the catchline ‘Let’s Nail It’. When the campaign provoked an angry backlash the force encouraged people who were criticised to report comments as a ‘hate crime’.

Officers in Hull had fun on the dodgems

The event took place days after 21 Humberside Police officers were pictured enjoying the dodgems at Hull Fair . The force spent at least £40,000 in wages to send 40 staff to cover each day of the nine-day event.

Last week the Humberside force’s chief revealed it had been hauling constables out of back offices to man police cars and tackle a surge in 999 calls.

Male officers from South Wales Police – as well as the force’s police and crime commissioner – posed in women’s shoes yesterday to highlight the issue of domestic violence.

It was also revealed this week that stressed-out officers are recovering from tragedies by cuddling puppies.

The clinic in Hackney, East London, is offering support to those who helped tackle the Grenfell inferno and recent terror strikes in the capital.

On Monday, the Metropolitan Police Service admitted that tens of thousands of crimes would no longer be investigated. The force said cases worth less than £50, or where there is no CCTV, would not be able to be probed unless a suspect is identified.

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