Helping our police to face the future
POLICE officers across the country work tirelessly to keep our streets crime free and to keep people safe.
The Government is putting in place reforms to help police officers focus on front-line policing, and ensure that they are not tied up with red tape. These reforms are having an effect.
It is a testament to the hard work of our police officers, as well as these reforms, that since this Government came to office in 2010, recorded crime has fallen by more than 10 per cent.
In the last year alone, recorded crime is down by seven per cent across the country.
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In Gloucestershire, we have seen even better results, with recorded crime falling by 14 per cent in the last year.
The officers of Gloucestershire Constabulary deserve praise.
Importantly, our reforms and the police are actually tackling crime on the streets, and are not just failing to record it.
This has been confirmed in the recent Crime Survey of England and Wales, carried out by the independent Office of National Statistics.
The survey shows that across the country, crime has fallen to the lowest levels since the survey began in 1981.
Total crime seen on the streets (as measured by the survey), and reported crime (that recorded by police forces) are both falling.
Police forces have risen to the challenge presented to them, making savings while still cutting crime.
This Government has played its part by slashing red tape and scrapping central targets to enable the police to focus on crime fighting.
Savings have been made in back offices to ensure that focus can be placed on front-line policing, ensuring that there is a visible police presence on our streets.
Nationally, the Government has set up the College of Policing to ensure the police are better equipped with the knowledge and skills they need.
The reforms outlined in the Winsor Review will help ensure that the best and the brightest are better able to reach the top ranks in our police force in future, also helping to recruit people with relevant experience from outside of the police force.
These reforms are necessary, and will strengthen our already strong police forces, making them ready for the new challenges of the century ahead. The police have delivered on cutting crime. We want to make sure that they will be able to continue to do so in future.
■ Contact me via mark.harper.mp@ parliament.uk, www.markharper.orgor at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. You can also follow me on Twitter @Mark_J_Harper