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Fewer PCs on Bucks' streets than 8 years ago

Fewer PCs on Bucks' streets than 8 years ago

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:52am 7th March 2019.

The Thames Valley has lost 8% of its police officers over the last decade, Home Office figures show.

The Police Federation says that "society just isn’t as safe as it once was", and that the public are being let down by cuts to police forces.

The local stats:

  • Thames Valley Police had 4,045 officers in September, 32 fewer than they had a year earlier
  • The number of officers is significantly down on where it was in September 2010, when there were 4,412 – meaning a drop of 8% in eight years
  • Over the same period, the number of crimes recorded by police has dropped significantly
  • In the 12 months to September 2010, 179,369 crimes were recorded by Thames Valley Police – a figure which fell to 145,518 in the year to September, a decrease of 19%
  • The number of violent crimes recorded rose, increasing by 5% over the period - in total, 31,898 violent crimes were recorded in Thames Valley last year.

Across England and Wales’s 43 police forces, the number of officers has dropped by 14% since September 2010. There were 122,000 last year.

Over the same period, crime increased by 11%, with 4.6 million incidents recorded in the most recent 12 months.

There were 1.3 million violent crimes recorded last year, nearly double the number in the 12 months to September 2010.

Police Federation of England and Wales chair John Apter said the public had been let down by the large cut in officers.

He said:

“Society just isn’t as safe as it once was, and although the police service is doing everything within its power, we are swimming against the tide and it is the public who are being let down.

“The murder toll has increased from 649 deaths last year to 739, an annual increase for the fourth consecutive year.

"This represents thousands of families and friends grieving all over the UK. The NHS says that hospital admissions in England alone from knife-related offences soared to 4,986 over the past 12 months.

“This is a terrifying picture for our communities whose lives are being blighted by violent crime on a daily basis.

"This is not a coincidence; we need more boots on the ground to help combat this epidemic.”

It comes as there's been a significant rise in the amount of knife crime across the country, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid describing it as a 'national emergency'.

Earlier this week Theresa May stated there is no correlation between the amount of officer's on our streets and the rise in violence, something MET Police Chief Cressida Dick disagreed with.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

"We are ensuring the police have the resources they need to carry out their vital work.

"Our 2019-20 police funding settlement provides the most substantial funding increase since 2010 – around £970m including council tax.

"January’s quarterly crime statistics show that your chance of being a victim of crime remains low.

"But we accept certain crimes, particularly some of the most serious violent crimes such as knife and gun offences, have increased and we are doing everything possible to reverse the trend."

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