Drop in number of arrests by Humberside Police

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Humberside Police has seen a significant drop in the number of arrests made, according to Home Office figures.

The data shows the force made 15,851 arrests in 2014/15, down 17.8% on the 19,284 arrests in 2013/14.

Sussex recorded the biggest drop of 26%, while the average for England and Wales was 7%.

The Police Federation has warned the drop in arrests may be down to cuts to force budgets.

“It would be dangerous for anyone to look at the drop in arrest numbers and conclude there is less crime,” says Steve White, chairman of the organisation.

“Officers work very hard to ensure public protection from crime. However, the cuts the forces have faced in previous years have put a serious strain on resources, meaning there are fewer officers available to respond to incidents.

“It is hard to be specific about the exact reasons why arrest figures are lower, when crime is higher, but it would be fair to suggest that a lack of police resources and a change in the way crimes are recorded would have contributed to this change.”

Police forces across England and Wales made 949,526 arrests in total last year, down from 1,024,969 the previous year. Some 801,898 of the arrests were of males and 147,628 of females.

Violence against a person accounted for 336,558 arrests, the most of any crime and up more than 4,000 on the year before, while arrests also increased for sexual offences.

All other types of crime, including robbery, burglary, forgery and drugs, saw arrest numbers fall.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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