APCC Performance lead, Matthew Scott PCC said:
“Today’s published data shows statistical rises in recorded crime. This is partly down to the fact that independent inspectors have previously called on police forces to improve the way they record crime. With additional crimes going on the books, more victims are safe in the knowledge that an offence has been recorded, and are better supported as a result.
“Recorded crime data can only ever show part of the picture. All Police and Crime Commissioners have their own mechanisms in place to hold their Chief Constables to account and to measure performance. Often we value talking to residents about their experiences of crime above raw statistics and spreadsheets.”
APCC Deputy Performance Lead, Keith Hunter PCC said:
“Today’s figures, once again, show a worrying increase in serious violence offences – including knife crime and homicides. Police and Crime Commissioners are engaged with partners locally and nationally to tackle this issue, developing early intervention and prevention models to tackle the root causes of violent crime, with a focus on young people.
“Increases in some crime types, including sexual offences, are likely to, in part, reflect the fact that more victims are more willing to coming forward and crime recording practices have improved, which is to be welcomed.
“The demand on the service is increasing as is the complexity of the cases forces deal with, and we will continue our work with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Home Office ahead of the comprehensive spending review (CSR) to ensure that we get the right long-term sustainable deal for policing.”
Responding to the latest Police Workforce Statistics, APCC Workforce Lead, Ron Hogg PCC said:
“I’m pleased to see that the long-term reduction in police officer numbers is levelling out, and that there has been an increase in police staff. This reflects changes in demand for policing, including the need to tackle violent crime and address the growth of cybercrime. It is very disappointing to see a reduction in PCSOs, however, bearing in mind the key role they play in neighbourhood policing.”