Why you can\’t manage or plan society

The challenges facing the new breed of politicians who take control of police forces tomorrow were put in sharp focus as five detectives were arrested in an anti-corruption investigation.

The Times can disclose that the officers from Kent Police — four men and a woman — were detained at their police station and questioned over allegations of manipulating statistics in order to meet crime detection targets.

The officers, a detective inspector, a detective sergeant and three detective constables, are accused of persuading suspects to confess to offences they had not committed in order to improve the unit’s performance statistics.

Because as soon as you\’ve set the targets by which you\’re going to manage or plan it then people game them.

6 thoughts on “Why you can\’t manage or plan society”

  1. Only 5 of them? The inspector gadget blog hints that this goes on all the time, and will get worse with elected target setters.

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