West Yorkshire Police Response to Latest Crime Figures
Thursday 18th July 2019,
Crime figures for the year up to the end of March 2019 have been published today.
The figures released by the Office for National Statistics show an increase of just over 11 per cent in total crime across West Yorkshire, when compared to the same period last year, with some crime categories such as burglary showing small reductions.
It comes in the wake of a recent report by the HMICFRS which praised the Force as ‘Outstanding’ for the way it records crime which should give local communities confidence that when the crime statistics are published for West Yorkshire they are the most accurate they have ever been and give a clear picture of crime across the county.
Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Russ Foster said: “Our ‘outstanding’ approach to establishing and embedding a victim focussed crime recording culture has increased the likelihood of a crime being recorded in West Yorkshire following the report of an incident.
“While this focus on crime recording ensures that the Force records a high number of crimes per 1,000 population in comparison to other Forces, it also ensures that we can be confident in our crime statistics and can deliver a victim focussed response.
“This ethical approach to crime recording has resulted in an increased number of crimes being recorded, particularly over the past two years, however as ethical crime recording practices become increasingly embedded across the Force the rate of increase is now slowing and for a number of offences, reductions are now being reported.”
A reduction in the number of burglary victims – including both residential and commercial - has been recorded. This results from an increased focus and scrutiny of this type of offence coupled with significant work to improve standards of investigation. Districts have special teams focused on tackling burglary and cross border working has also improved resulting in a number of offenders convicted or currently remanded awaiting trial.
T/DCC Foster said: “We acknowledge there has been a rise in violent crime including knife crime. We are focusing a large amount of our effort in tackling this, however a proportion of these offences relate to incidents where no-one has been injured.
“#Operation Jemlock, launched in April to tackle serious and violent crime, has already delivered some impressive results with more than 400 arrests and a number of weapons including knives and guns taken off the streets.
“That work is ongoing and involves our officers carrying out proactive, high visibility patrols in key crime areas. We are working closely with our partners and communities to tackle serious violent crime.
“At the same time we are also faced with unprecedented demand for our services from individuals contacting us often when they are their most vulnerable. We constantly analyse demand and have introduced a range of measures to manage it including resolving more enquiries at the first point of contact, ensuring that officers are only deployed to the incidents which require their attendance.”