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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

September 25, 2004: Police Performance Improving, say Home Office

Home Office figures has just published figures suggest that police performance in England and Wales in the fields of crime investigation and crime reduction is improving. Statistics indicate that the police succeeded in reducing burglary by eight per cent, robbery by nine per cent and vehicle crime by more than six per cent in 2003/4. The total number of offences brought to justice has increased. They also indicate that almost two thirds of police time is spent on frontline policing.

The performance reports were constructed using Home Office published data supplied by individual police forces, including recorded crime statistics and British Crime Survey findings, as well as some unpublished data on sickness absence in the police service and offences brought to justice. In addition, they report the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary  Baseline Assessment gradings published in June 2004. They also include previously unpublished data on the amount of time which police officers spend on frontline policing.

The police performance monitors are downloadable here.

According to Home Office Minister Hazel Blears:

"The overall picture of policing performance that emerges is encouraging. Crime and the fear of crime are both down and the number of offences brought to justice has gone up. The reports also identify areas for improvement, most notably in the levels of detections. We are developing a number of strategies to that end including improving forensic techniques such as the use of DNA and fingerprint and footprint images to improve detections."