Commissioner congratulates Force after fall in crime

Merseyside / October 18

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has congratulated the Force after crime fell on Merseyside for the seventh year running. According to officia

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has congratulated the Force after crime fell on Merseyside for the seventh year running.

According to official government statistics, overall crime dropped by 2.8%in the 12 months to June 2013 - meaning there were 2,577 fewer victims of recorded offences.

The figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show Merseyside Police has achieved significant, double-digit reductions in homicides (murders and manslaughter), burglaries, drugs offences and public order incidents.

A separate official government survey of public opinion also reveals that 62% of people think that police on Merseyside are doing a good or excellent job and 61% believe the force is dealing with crime across the county.

The scores are the second highest in a table of most similar forces with which Merseyside are compared.

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy yesterday welcomed the news and praised the Force for their hard work, but she also warned of the difficulties ahead.

She said: “I am very pleased that overall crime continues to fall.

“I congratulate all of the officers and staff at Merseyside Police and those who work with them in other agencies and the community and voluntarysector to prevent crime and reduce offending behaviour.

“I am concerned that looking forward there will be savage cuts to the budgets of many of our partners. We will all have to work together with renewed commitment if we are going to continue to see these successful results in the years ahead. The fact that there are more than 2,000 fewer victims on Merseyside this year is something to celebrate.”

The figures release yesterday showed there were also further small reductions in recorded crimes including robbery, theft, criminal damage and arson.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling, said: "After such large and consistent falls in crime in consecutive years, it is positive news to see further reductions.

"Every single crime committed impacts on the person who has suffered it so it is pleasing that there are several thousand fewer victims than this time last year.

"It is testament to the dedication and commitment of our officers and staff, and the hard work and support of our partner agencies, that these reductions have been achieved, particularly in such difficult economic times.

"We remain absolutely committed to delivering the best police service possible to the people of Merseyside by targeting our resources against the criminals who bring misery to the lives of decent, ordinary, law-abiding members of our community.

"We benefit from a great deal of support from the public who we rely on to be our eyes and ears and I would urge people to keep telling us what they know about crime in their area so that we can take positive action."