Q14 –Numerical targets. My answers to the 20 questions asked of PCC candidates

Question 14 

What is your opinion of the use of numerical targets monitoring crime and community safety?

Targets have a place in the mix of keeping communities safe, but they must be but part of the solution. Too much focus on targets tends to  create unintended consequences and distorts outcomes.

We know that targets can be met by improved performance or unfortunately by reduced activity in other areas or by cheating!

Cheating is made worse by incentives based on targets.

However, I still believe that what gets measured gets done.

 

 

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