West Yorkshire Police Response to Publication of Latest Crime Statistics

West Yorkshire Police is reporting a drop in crime with almost 1,000 fewer offences recorded since April.

While the latest crime statistics published today by the Office for National Statistics for the period up to the end of June show a rise, the very latest provisional data available to the Force shows a downward trend in the full six months up to the end of September.

The continuing drive to establish a victim focussed and ethical approach to crime recording, as well as efforts to target the most serious violence and knife crime, are now beginning to take effect.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins said: “The most up to date information available to us for the first six months of this year shows a reduction in burglary, robbery and vehicle offences.

“There has also been a reduction in offences of most serious violence, with a hundred fewer serious assaults across the county.”

Chief Constable John Robins said: “We have undertaken extensive work over a number of years now to ensure that crime is recorded accurately, so it is pleasing to see this improvement since the latest national reporting period.

“Our latest data also shows that knife crime offences have fallen since Operation Jemlock, the Force’s response to tackling serious violence and knife crime, started to bite.

“More than 1,000 arrests have been made in just six months in this crackdown on violence and knife crime across the county.  Proactive work is ongoing with our officers carrying out high visibility patrols in key areas.”

Operation Jemlock was launched in April following a meeting between Chief Constables, including John Robins QPM and the Home Secretary. A number of forces including West Yorkshire were given additional funding to enable dedicated resources to be deployed to tackle violence and knife crime.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable John Robins added: “Our officers and police staff have worked hard to achieve these results and to continue to keep people safe and they deserve credit for what they have achieved so far.”

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