'Savage budget cuts' blamed for Merseyside crime increase

Jane Kennedy:

Jane Kennedy:"Savage cuts to the police budget and to our crime prevention public sector partners is beginning to have an impact and this cannot be downplayed."

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MERSEYSIDE police commissioner Jane Kennedy is warning "savage cuts" to the force's budget are taking their toll as official figures show crime has increased across the county for the first time in seven years.

Data released by the Office of National Statistics on Thursday showed overall crime, including fraud, has increased by 2.8%.

Ms Kennedy said: “While the small increase in crime demonstrated by these figures is disappointing, Merseyside Police has made a significant reduction in crimes of all types over many years and continues to deliver an exceptionally high standard of service to people in our region.

“This is the first time in seven years that the overall crime figure has risen and crime on Merseyside remains at a low level compared to previous years.

“However, this is the result of significant investment in crime prevention initiatives and some really successful partnership working between the police and local councils, the NHS, the probation service and other agencies over many years.

"Savage cuts to the police budget and to our crime prevention public sector partners is beginning to have an impact and this cannot be downplayed."

She added: “The increase in the number of sexual offences reported also follows a concerted effort by the Force to increase the reporting of both sexual offences and domestic violence. 

"Encouraging victims to come forward and report crimes is far more important than lowering crime figures and I would take this opportunity to urge anyone who has been a victim of crime to speak out."

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: "After seven consecutive years of reductions in levels of overall crime, we are naturally disappointed that there has been a small increase this year.

"Part of that increase has been caused by an increase in the number of shoplifting and retail burglary and robbery offences.

“We are pro-actively working with a range of businesses and offering them solutions to help protect themselves and trace offenders.

"We have also seen an increase in sexual offences, which we believe is largely a result of increased reporting following a number of high-profile cases in the last year.

"The force is committed to tackling the serious and organised criminals who are involved in the supply of illegal drugs on Merseyside and we will be relentless in our efforts to target those involved."

Violence offences rose by 17%, shoplifting by 18% and sexual offences 11%.

Knives were reported in 655 cases, ranging from incidents of attempted murder to robbery.

However, there have been continuing falls in the number of domestic burglaries, vehicle crimes and a 5.1% drop in drugs offences.

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3:43pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Dress it up any way you like Jane. Crime on the increase on your watch. Also, shame on you for not advertising your deputy's job. Will be voting against you next time.
Dress it up any way you like Jane. Crime on the increase on your watch. Also, shame on you for not advertising your deputy's job. Will be voting against you next time. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Fri 18 Jul 14

rover600 says...

Here we go again, the issue isn't cuts it is resource Management or rather failure of resource Management and failure to implement or recognise the need to return to 'Old Style Policing'.

My father was 'in the job' for thirty years so no I am not anti-Police. I can tell you now he would be turning in his grave at modern Policing methods, 99% of the time the Police 'Police in Pairs' hardly a wonder you are short on resource! In days gone by Police Officers patrolled the streets on their own not 'holding hands' with a colleague. The only time my father was accompanied was IF his Sergeant or an Inspector decided to spend the day with him, maybe twice a year.

Two days ago I saw seven officers in five minutes in the vicinity of Charing X and Borough Road, a PCSO on her own about 5 foot tall and appeared quite confident, two cars both with two officers in and a pair walking down Grange Road. Truly is this an effective use of resource?

To Jane Kennedy I'd say, This is not rocket science, Put a greater presence on the streets, split officers up and stop falling for the 'oh we have to Police in pairs' diatribe. Try it! try it in half a dozen areas and see the outcome.

Yes I know there will always be times more than one officer is needed at an incident but, and on my travels I see over Policing so often. It's a bit like wondering why 6 council workers turn up to fill a pot hole and only one is doing the work. Twice recently I've given witness statements at my house, on both occasions TWO officers turned up... WHY does it take two officers?? The harsh reality is it doesn't, the blame lies with senior officers/managers who do not challenge this and do not supervise and instead of saying 'It only takes one of you to do that'.

You cannot blame the 'foot soldiers' for this it is purely and simply bad, poor or ineffective management, until this is corrected crime will rise and resource will always be the excuse.....
Here we go again, the issue isn't cuts it is resource Management or rather failure of resource Management and failure to implement or recognise the need to return to 'Old Style Policing'. My father was 'in the job' for thirty years so no I am not anti-Police. I can tell you now he would be turning in his grave at modern Policing methods, 99% of the time the Police 'Police in Pairs' hardly a wonder you are short on resource! In days gone by Police Officers patrolled the streets on their own not 'holding hands' with a colleague. The only time my father was accompanied was IF his Sergeant or an Inspector decided to spend the day with him, maybe twice a year. Two days ago I saw seven officers in five minutes in the vicinity of Charing X and Borough Road, a PCSO on her own about 5 foot tall and appeared quite confident, two cars both with two officers in and a pair walking down Grange Road. Truly is this an effective use of resource? To Jane Kennedy I'd say, This is not rocket science, Put a greater presence on the streets, split officers up and stop falling for the 'oh we have to Police in pairs' diatribe. Try it! try it in half a dozen areas and see the outcome. Yes I know there will always be times more than one officer is needed at an incident but, and on my travels I see over Policing so often. It's a bit like wondering why 6 council workers turn up to fill a pot hole and only one is doing the work. Twice recently I've given witness statements at my house, on both occasions TWO officers turned up... WHY does it take two officers?? The harsh reality is it doesn't, the blame lies with senior officers/managers who do not challenge this and do not supervise and instead of saying 'It only takes one of you to do that'. You cannot blame the 'foot soldiers' for this it is purely and simply bad, poor or ineffective management, until this is corrected crime will rise and resource will always be the excuse..... rover600
  • Score: -1

12:43am Sat 19 Jul 14

Thepleb says...

Could this lady please inform us what qualifications and experience she has too hold this position and take home £100,000 a year as well as employing her family members in the back office?
Could this lady please inform us what qualifications and experience she has too hold this position and take home £100,000 a year as well as employing her family members in the back office? Thepleb
  • Score: 4

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