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  1. Russell Webster investigates the latest crime figures. Date - 10th February 2019 By - Russell Webster - Work With Offenders Every quarter the Office for National Statistics publishes the crime figures for England and Wales. The latest edition was published on January 24 and I thought I would take the opportunity to dig into the statistics and shares some key facts. I’m guessing that regular readers will be aware of many of these, but I’m pretty confident that some of them will be unexpected. 1)Crime was at its highest in 1995 when it was estimated that there were nearly 20 million offences (excluding fraud and computer misuse); the actual figure was 19,786,000. 2) By way of comparison the equivalent figure for the year ending September 2018 (the most recent time period for which statistics are available) was 6,244,000. 3) It’s quite unusual for people to be a victim of crime. The latest estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show that just two in ten adults experienced crime in the in the 12 months prior to completing the survey. Although there was a 6.3 per cent chance of being the victim of fraud, there was only a 2.2 per cent of being burgled at home and a one in 300 chance of being the victim of a robbery. 4) Although the number of homicides in this country is very low compared to many others – there were 739 homicides in England and Wales last year – the figure has been increasing since 2014 when there were just 533 homicides. 5) Car theft decreased massively between 2003 and 2015 when it fell from over one million offences to just 349,000. However, since 2015 it has been increasing steadily again, in part as thieves have modernised and developed ways of out-foxing electronic security measures, in the year to last September there were 457,433 car thefts, a 45 per cent jump over just three years. 6) Readers will be aware of the increased concern around knife crime, particularly in the London area. This is borne out by the latest figures which shows that there were more than 40,000 recorded offences involving knives or sharp instruments in the last year compared to just 24,500 in 2015. 7) Conversely, despite all the concern about increased gang membership the number of firearms offences has actually gone down over the last 15 years from 10,338 in 2004 to 6,424 in the last year. 8) It seems that we are beginning to get to grips with online crime. Although the latest Crime Survey figures estimate that there were over one million computer misuse offences last year, this is actually 33 per cent down on the year ending September 2017. 9) Last year also saw the first reduction in shoplifting offences since March 2013. I was surprised to see that there were still 378,656 offences last year (down one per cent on the year before) as I had thought that our growing predilection for shopping online will have dented these figures more considerably. 10) And finally, we continue to prosecute people for all sorts of offences in this country. Did you know that in 2017, 16,406 people were prosecuted for not ensuring their children attended school? 500 people were punished by a community order and 110 people were given a sentence of imprisonment (although this was suspended in 100 cases). View On Police Oracle
  2. MPotter

    Well known man/woman

    You notice a man/woman in the course of your patrols who is well known to your local force (for previous offending) and is now carrying out a protest about an unrelated matter. His mode of protest is to chant a number of slogans, which do not constitute criminal offences. How do you react?
  3. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5221021/bungling-cops-blasted-for-failing-to-id-suspected-crooks-in-half-of-crimes-reported-to-them/#comments I was just reading this article. Seems another slow news period so pick out a police bashing story. Certainly an award there for the worst headline ever written. If you would like your blood pressure to increase massively have a read, particularly the comments from the Tory MP Alec Brigden. I like the bit about the public lobbying police and crime commissioners to get the policing they deserve.
  4. After sustained period of cuts, the APCC fears funding shortfall may lead to rise in crime, hurting police and state legitimacy https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/29/england-and-wales-police-in-need-of-13bn-to-tackle-and-terrorism?CMP=twt_gu
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41677046 This is being reported across a lot of the papers and news programmes. Difficult reading again for chiefs and the government. Surely it is becoming harder and harder for them to keep their heads buried in the sand particularly when we are talking about rises in violent crime, knife crime and serious offences such as murders. This linked with the recent discussions on the unprecedented terrorism threat. There was a minister on the news at lunchtime regurgitating the same old lines about protecting police budgets, flat cash or slight increases in budgets etc etc. I also think they have used up the excuse now of crime rising due to better recording practices as this was used to explain rises last year. Will it make any difference though?
  6. MPotter

    Rogue bank manager

    A rogue bank manager decides to raid the safe from his workplace - Bank X and borrow £1000 to gamble at the local casino. He plans to return the money and keep his profits. However he ends up loosing his entire bankroll and has no means of paying back any of the money. His deputy checks the safe and finds it to be empty. He then contacts corporate headquarters directly as he suspects that the manager has gone rogue and stolen all of the money. Corporate headquarters contact the Police. You attend the branch to investigate the suspected theft and ask the bank manager if he saw anything. He then admits everything that's happened. Any offences?
  7. DYFED-POWYS Police's crime commissioner Christopher Salmon is being ordered to "come clean" on his position regarding the future of the force's police helicopter. It comes after information obtained by Plaid shows Mr Salmon did not oppose the scrapping of the helicopter or closure of the Pembrey base by the National Police Air Support (NPAS). However, Mr Salmon last night maintained his commitment to safeguarding the helicopter stating: "I'm fighting for the best possible police air service for the people of Dyfed-Powys. "The Chief Constable Simon Prince and I continue to discuss with NPAS over the needs of our communities. "I won't sign up for any service that doesn't meet the needs of our region or match what we're paying for." Despite his pledge, a Freedom of Information request from the office of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas has revealed Mr Salmon was "reluctant to oppose" the new NPAS model which will see the dedicated Dyfed-Powys helicopter removed from operation on January 1, next year. The minutes from a February NPAS meeting which Mr Salmon attended stated: "Christopher Salmon stated he was reluctant to oppose the model as he recognised this was the direction that NPAS needed to move in even though it appeared the agreement that Dyfed- Powys signed had changed." The force signed an agreement with NPAS in November to keep a chopper on-station at Pembrey following months of negotiations. But NPAS announced it is going to scrap 10 of its 25 bases, including Pembrey. Mr Salmon has publicly stated he is now fighting to retain it. However, in light of the information obtained by Plaid, AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas has set an ultimatum for him to decide whether he is committed to joining the fight to protect the helicopter. Mr Thomas said: "The residents of Dyfed- Powys will be left speechless by the explosive information contained in the NPAS strategic board minutes. Given his recent public statements it is almost inconceivable that the police commissioner was reluctant to oppose the loss of our dedicated police helicopter. Just six months ago the commissioner announced to huge fan fair that he had reached an agreement to secure the helicopter's future. Three months later, however, he sat in a meeting having been confronted with a change in that agreement and yet the minutes suggest he didn't put up one shred of opposition to losing the service that serves the people he is meant to represent. "Ultimately, the commissioner needs to decide whether he is on the same side as public opinion and prepared to join the campaign to protect the helicopter or whether he is more concerned in appeasing his Tory colleagues who are slashing police budgets and centralising services. "Christopher Salmon should consider a public apology for his woefully inadequate representation and come clean on whether backs the retention of the helicopter and base at Pembrey." Read more: http://www.carmarthenjournal.co.uk/Commissioner-told-come-clean/story-26573949-detail/story.html#ixzz3bQUgg9Jo Follow us: @Carmjournal on Twitter | carmarthenjournal on Facebook Source: Carmarthen Journal http://www.carmarthenjournal.co.uk/Commissioner-told-come-clean/story-26573949-detail/story.html
  8. http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14177715.Murder_suspect_still_being_quizzed_by_police_after_man_dies_in_Bournemouth_flat/ Apparently the police are employing security to cover the crime scenes now, anyone heard of this elsewhere?
  9. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/21/metropolitan-police-burglaries-labour-budget-cuts-conservatives The Metropolitan police solved six out of every 100 burglaries last year, nearly half the rate their officers cleared up five years ago. Britain’s biggest police force said it solved 12% of burglaries in 2010-11. Labour said the sharp fall in the clear-up rate since then was due to budget cuts imposed by the Conservatives, but the Met said the way it counted the figures had changed.
  10. http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/08/15/telford-mp-calls-to-lock-up-serious-crime-youths/
  11. Hi guys, Often, when having stopped people or whatever in the process of investigating an offence, they will get their phone's out and call somebody for seemingly innocent reasons, or their phone will ring and they will go to answer it. I have always been told to get them to put the phone away in case they are signalling their mates to come round to where they are, or if they are colluding with somebody in order to disrupt our investigation of an offence. However, this got me thinking. So far, everybody i have told to put their phone away has apologised and put it away immediately. But lets say they refuse, what legal backing do I have to actually make them put the phone away, or for instance, take the phone off them temporarily? I can understand if I have somebody detained for a search, then I believe I may have some legal backing there to order them off the phone, or take it off them. But for instance the other day, we have a group of males stopped in a pub garden while we tried to ascertain whether they'd been involved in an offence. One of them was being rung incessantly by his girlfriend, to whom he eventually picked up and my colleague stated "Put it away mate, not while you're the subject of an investigation". Lets say he refused, is it an empty situation in that I have to just let him carry on? Or is there something we can do to enforce our request?
  12. techie 1 posted this in West Mercia section of the forum and I wondered what members thoughts were on the possibility and suggestion that rural crime is becoming more of an interest to certain sections of our communities including PCC's (i.e. 'The Wealthy') because they live there. Do you think that there is a perception that crime in urban areas, council house estates and the like are less important these days? http://m.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/13314062.West_Mercia_Deputy_PCC_urges_more_voices_on_rural_crime/
  13. http://m.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/13314062.West_Mercia_Deputy_PCC_urges_more_voices_on_rural_crime/
  14. For police officers in the UK, it's time to fight fire with fire. Some sneaky Brits have been using drones to film football matches and smuggle contraband into prisons, so now the long arm of the law is recruiting some unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of its own.   The Sussex and Surrey Police force has been awarded almost £250,000 by the Home Office to buy five drones and investigate how they can assist officers in the field. UAVs are potentially faster than regular bobbies on the beat, and could be used to investigate smoky or otherwise hazardous conditions that would put officers' lives at risk.   The force has suggested they could also be used to gather helpful aerial evidence, such as when a person is reported missing, or an armed incident occurs on the street.   Sussex and Surrey Police have experimented with drones before at Gatwick Airport. The technology was used for perimeter patrols and the force concluded that in some instances, it was a faster, safer and cheaper alternative to regular officers.   With this latest trial, the force wants to look at broader use cases and ultimately advise other divisions that are considering drones of their own. Officers will also draw up a training scheme so that colleagues can be properly approved before flying their own unmanned robots.   The use of drones is bound to make some citizens uneasy, especially when the rules for recreational use are beginning to tighten. Police forces across the UK are also under pressure to cut costs, so UAVs could be an attractive option. Until they can intervene and make arrests though, they're unlikely to replace human officers anytime soon.   http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/26/drones-police-uk/
  15. Victims of crime are being let down in areas covered by nearly half of the police forces in England and Wales by poor investigations, a policing watchdog has said.   In its annual assessment of the state of policing in England and Wales, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said it was of "material concern" that 18 forces out of 43 were assessed as requiring improvement in the way they investigate offending.   Inspectors said a "deficit in skill and experience of officers investigating crimes" and a lack of supervision was behind weak investigations.     In the 12 months to March, only one force - Dyfed-Powys - in England and Wales was able to achieve detections, which include cautions as well as charges, for more than half of the crimes recorded. Detection rates range from 22% to 51%. "Opportunities to secure a successful outcome for victims of crime are being missed as a result of failures to conduct an effective, prompt and professional investigation," the HMIC report said.   Failures to do house-to-house inquiries, take photos of injuries in domestic abuse cases and collect CCTV evidence on assaults in public places were among some of the inconsistencies found in the way evidence was gathered, the report said.   Crimes are being investigated by officers who also provide neighbourhood policing services such as patrols, some of whom have not investigated crimes for a number of years, inspectors said.   Inspection plans - used by officers to determine what they need to do gather evidence - were of a poor standard in 18 forces, with some officers copying and pasting previous versions to new investigations.   HMIC has also launched a new website to allow the public to see at a glance how well their force is performing. Elsewhere, the inspectorate raised concerns about forces' ability to keep up with modern criminal activity, including cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation.   Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor said officers were " policing the crimes of today with the methods of yesterday and insufficiently prepared for the crimes of the future".   HMIC assessed the " effectiveness , efficiency and legitimacy" of each force.   In relation to effectiveness, 40 forces were rated good or outstanding at preventing and reducing crime with three forces - Gwent, Bedfordshire and Humberside - requiring improvement.   Some 41 forces are good or outstanding at tackling anti-social behaviour with two forces - Gwent and Cleveland - requiring improvement.   However, only 24 forces were assessed as good at investigating crime.   In relation to efficiency, 40 forces were rated good or outstanding for the value for money provided with three forces - Bedfordshire, Gwent and Nottinghamshire - rated as requiring improvement.   Shadow policing minister Jack Dromey said: "This report is very worrying - it is just not good enough for half of police forces to be rated less than 'good' at investigating crime.   "This is surely a central plank of policing and raises serious questions for the Government about their approach to cutting crime. Theresa May cannot expect to cut 16,000 police officers and still deliver the highest standards of policing the public want and deserve.   "HMIC is right to draw attention to the changing nature of crime. Labour has been calling for the Government to take action against the rising wave of cybercrime - from fraud to the grooming of children.   "The Home Secretary has ignored this - and, as this report highlights, the police do not have the resource or expertise to respond to the scale of these offences."   Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said: "Chiefs whose forces have fallen short on the standard of crime investigation will be analysing the reasons for this and taking action to improve on this crucial area of policing."   Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "We have been warning there are issues around what the service can provide against cuts to funding and police numbers. Although we are pleased that the majority of forces are performing well, we know that officers are struggling to provide the service they believe the public deserve."   The 18 force s that require improvement in investigating practices are:   Bedfordshire Dorset Essex Gloucestershire Greater Manchester Gwent Humberside Lincolnshire Metropolitan Police Northamptonshire North Wales North Yorkshire Nottinghamshire South Yorkshire Staffordshire Surrey Sussex West Yorkshire   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2851509/Forces-letting-crime-victims-down.html   The HMIC report is available here: http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/wp-content/uploads/state-of-policing-13-14.pdf

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