Top cop says detectives should be offered ‘bounties’ as rewards if they solve a crime

Investigators are expected to receive “bounties” to help fight crime.

Andy Cooke, the head of the police watchdog, said the forces should consider offering rewards to officers.

He thinks it could also spur more people to sign up as detectives, amid a national shortfall of up to 5,000 investigators.

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The idea echoes the American TV hit Dog the Bounty Hunter, starring 69-year-old Duane Chapman.

Mr Cooke, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Police, said: ‘If you’re trying to get people to become detectives, should that come with a bonus?



Duane Chapman, 69, stars in US TV hit Dog the Bounty Hunter

“Should there be a bonus on passing the various detective exams?”

The number of investigators in major crime units has dropped 28% over the past decade.

Over the same period, the proportion of crimes solved more than halved, from 14% to 6%. Mr Cooke, the former chief constable of Merseyside, warned it could take years to change attitudes towards work.



Giving rewards to officers who solve crimes can attract people who want to work for the police, says Andy Cooke
Giving rewards to officers who solve crimes can attract people who want to work for the police, says Andy Cooke

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He added: “Changing the whole mindset to allow us to have enough detectives is not going to happen quickly.

“So there must be different thinking from people smarter than me.”

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