The belief police are more interested in virtue signalling than catching criminals is “utterly corrosive” to people’s confidence, Suella Braverman warned last night.
The Home Secretary blasted the “Orwellian” recording of “non-crime hate incidents” – including those who defend a person’s biological sex.
She said forces must now focus on catching burglars, fraudsters and yobs ruining lives. Ms Braverman spoke as new guidance for police to use common sense when dealing with online spats came into force today.
Only comments posing “a real risk of significant harm” or that a future crime will be committed will now be noted by officers.
Ms Braverman told the Daily Express last night she would do all she could to “remove unnecessary burdens that keep the police from fighting crime”.