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No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes - Home Office

Postby dutchman » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:18 pm

Only 9% of crimes end with suspects being charged or summonsed in England and Wales, Home Office figures suggest

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In the 12 months to March, 443,000 crimes resulted in a charge or summons out of 4.6 million offences - the lowest detection rate since 2015.

Data also shows police closed nearly half (48%) of all cases because no suspect could be identified.

It comes as new figures show the number of homicides has increased for the fourth year running.

The Home Office statistics on crime outcomes are published at the same time as quarterly crime figures and the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which is based on people's experiences of crime.

The changing picture of how successfully police are catching criminals comes against a backdrop of rising crime.

Overall, crimes recorded by police went up 11% in the year to March, figures published by the Office for National Statistics suggested.

The Home Office said that along with a growing caseload, there was evidence to suggest that more recorded crimes were in the most challenging offence types to investigate.

It gives the example of sexual offences - up 24% on last year - giving officers a bigger workload and becoming more complex.

Rape cases take an average of 129 days to solve compared with, for example, two days for theft or criminal damage.

The Home Office figures show a continuing downward trend since 2015 in the proportion of cases police have resolved, falling from 15 to 9%.

They also showed a fall in the number of cautions and penalty notices served to adults and young people - from about 112,00 in the 12 months to March 2017 down to 88,000 a year later.

Ché Donald, of the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said the new figures were proof that policing in the UK was "on the critical list".

"We are sleepwalking into a nightmare," he said.

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Re: No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes - Home Office

Postby rebbonk » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:00 pm

Scandalous, isn't it?
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Postby dutchman » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:53 pm

Public 'not getting service it deserves' thanks to budget cuts - police chief says

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The West Midlands Police chief constable says the public is not getting the police service it deserves.

Dave Thompson said that, due to recent cuts to the police budget, the force sometimes provided a "poor service" that did not meet the public's expectations.

In an interview with BBC News, Mr Thompson apologised to the public, and said budget cuts and fewer officers policing a "wider spread of crime " had left his officers unable to tackle everything.

The head of Britain's second biggest force spoke after he had gone back on the beat to see for himself what officers are dealing with every day, reports BiriminghamLive.

He said he was "drawing the bar higher" as to what would be investigated - meaning not every crime or allegation would be looked into.

In the interview he said: "The level of calls we're receiving this summer are very challenging [and] sometimes that service that we're providing [at] those peak times doesn't meet what the public expect.

"I get that. Sometimes that service will be a poor service, sometimes actually the service is what we can and say we will offer, and sometimes that might not always be what the public want to see."

He said cuts across all public services had seen more vulnerable people coming into contact with police.

And "the list" of crimes, such as modern day slavery and gun and gang crime, that must be investigated had increased.

"We may be dealing with it over the phone where they would like to see us and I'm sorry about that but that is the reality of where policing is now," he said.

"And on some occasions yes, you are right, the service will not meet what I want it to do and it will not meet the response that the public absolutely will want when they're at a time of vulnerability.

"We are drawing the bar higher than we used to as to what we will investigate."

Mr Thompson said he accepted that no longer investigating offences such as criminal damage, car thefts and shoplifting could undermine public confidence, but it was "simply because of the resource available."

He stressed he was not talking about offences such as serious assaults which would still be investigated thoroughly.

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Re: No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes - Home Office

Postby rebbonk » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:45 pm

Thompson (like Jamieson) is unfit to hold his office. If he can't do the job (and he admits he can't) then it's time to move over for someone who has more creative ideas as how to handle the rising crime scandal that we're presently seeing.

Whilst more money would be nice, any fool can throw money at a problem. It's when times get tough that we start to see the real quality of management, and I'm not impressed by either Thompson or Jamieson.
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Postby dutchman » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:24 pm

Mr Thompson said he accepted that no longer investigating offences such as criminal damage, car thefts and shoplifting could undermine public confidence, but it was "simply because of the resource available."


Isn't that an open invititation to anyone to commit those crimes? :roll:
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Re: No-one charged in 9 out of 10 crimes - Home Office

Postby dutchman » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:58 pm

Staggering number of burglaries written off by West Midlands Police in six months

West Midlands Police have written off almost 12,500 burglaries in the last six months.

Shocking statistics show the police are solving fewer than one in 20 burglaries with a West Midlands MP claiming the force has now “lost control” of crime.

The cuts-hit force received 14,081 reports of break-ins at domestic and business properties between January 1 and June 30 this year.

But new figures show just 643 were solved in terms of either charges, cautions, community resolutions or offences being taken into consideration.

An astonishing 12,483 cases were dropped after being categorised as “filed, no suspect, no further inquiries”.

Other cases had to be dropped because suspects could not be positively identified, it was not in the public interest to proceed or, on one occasion, the suspect died.

The clear-up rate of less than five per cent has been condemned as a “disgrace” by Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood.

“These figures are a complete disgrace and clearly show the force is unable to function properly because of budget cuts,” said the Labour MP.

“The Chief Constable and Police Commissioner have both said they are worried about cuts.

“But it is now time for them to write directly to the Home Secretary, making clear they are not able to ensure the safety and security of the public they serve.

“The burglary statistics are part of a very serious picture. Violent and knife crime is out of control.

“A grandmother has just been knifed to death; a young man in my constituency has just been shot in his own house; a young woman has just been killed by a car being pursued by police. Lawlessness has become the norm and it cannot be allowed.”

When asked if the force had lost control of crime, the MP said: “It is obvious that is the case.”

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