Points mean prizes?

The following story appeared on BBC newsonline and really has me worried. Apparently there is a plan for giving points to police officers depending on what they do – so for example, arresting a drunk driver gets 25 points.

 Apparetly "From last July, officers were given a monthly points target of 200 in relation to motoring offences". Now I'm all for people being given targets in order to improve performance, but is this really the best way to improve policing and cut crime?

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