May reveals online reporting plans

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Published: Wednesday 28th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Victims may be able to report non-emergency crimes online in an effort to make reporting offences easier, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

The Home Office, which is working on a prototype with the Surrey and Sussex police forces, believes it could help save an estimated 180,000 officer hours a year and around £3.7 million, if adopted by all forces.

Mrs May also told a central London conference on international crime policing that a £10 million Police Knowledge Fund (PKH) was being set up to encourage closer working between police and academic organisations “so that, in future, policing is based on a thorough understanding of crime and best practice”.

On online reporting, Mrs May said: “The growth in the internet has transformed other services – from shopping to banking – and it is right to give victims and witnesses greater choice over how they report issues to the police.”

It also had the potential to substantially reduce police costs, she said.

“Early estimates suggest online reporting could save forces an estimated 180,000 officer hours a year and around £3.7 million,” she added.

“The aim is for people in England and Wales to eventually be able to go online – via www.police.uk – to report an issue.”

The PKH is to be funded by £5 million from the Home Office and £5 million from the Higher Educational Funding Council for England.

Its aim will be to build a recognised body of knowledge, evidence and expertise on policing practice and how to try and cut crime.

Mrs May told the academics, charity leaders and police officers from across the globe attending the conference: “We are becoming more law-abiding, less violent and better at protecting ourselves and our property.

“As as result, we are less fearful of crime.

“Where crime once ranked first among voters’ concerns, it now barely registers in the top 10.”

She said crime had fallen by 63% since it peaked in 1995, according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales, and that violent crime had been cut by 66%, with burglaries down by 67%.

Published: Wednesday 28th January 2015 by The News Editor

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