Police-recorded crime has risen by 10% across England and Wales – the largest annual rise for a decade – according to the Office of National Statistics. However, the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows there was a 7% reduction in crime compared to last year.
An inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary highlights that police and prosecutors must improve the consistency and co-ordination of their response to victims of stalking and harassment
In 1974 my predecessor as West Midlands Chief Constable, Sir Derrick Capper, faced a sustained UK IRA bombing campaign with 6,842 police officers. Forty years later and after a horrific series of attacks in London and Manchester, I face a modern terror threat with 6,600 officers – a number that has already fallen by close to 2,000 and is set to fall further.