Key National Priorities for Policing

Key National Priorities for Policing

The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) (Amendment) Order 2021 was implemented in May 2021. This Order provides that information relating to a police force’s performance against the Government’s published national priorities for policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) performance reports on the force, and complaint handling must be published.

A statement on how Lancashire Constabulary is performing in relation to key national priorities for policing (the new National Police Outcomes Framework).

A critical element of Home Secretary’s strategic priority for there to be a relentless focus on cutting crime are the new National Crime and Policing Measures, which set out the Government’s key national priorities on crime. These measures fall under the following headings (data comparisons are made against a 2019 pre-pandemic baseline):

  • Reduce murder and other homicides
  • Reduce serious violence
  • Disrupt drugs supply and county lines
  • Reduce neighbourhood crime
  • Tackle cyber crime
  • Improve satisfaction among victims – with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse

Lancashire Constabulary have provided the below information for publication in November 2023.

Reduce murder and homicide

During the quarter a total of seven homicides were recorded, six being in West BCU and one in South. This is an increase of three offences compared with the equivalent period in 2022. Most have been random acts of violence, but there have been two child homicides within the seven recorded.

Reduce serious violence

There were no confirmed discharges of lethal barrelled firearms this quarter. There were five firearm seizures, with three firearms “found”, one surrendered anonymously and one recovered having been used in a suicide. There is a further slight decrease in admissions for knife/sharp object assault injuries, which still remain below the 2020 level.

Disrupt drugs supply and county lines

National data shows a 5% increase in Police Recorded Drugs Offences in Lancashire, when the year to July 2023 is compared against a pre-pandemic baseline. Nationally, there has been no change.

In Lancashire, 14 kg of class A drugs, 14kg of class B and 3599 cannabis plants have been seized.

Reduce Neighbourhood Crime:

The number of recorded Burglary, Robbery, Theft of/from vehicle, Theft from person saw a decline of 3.0% in the 12 months leading up to September 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 from 17,445 to 16,903.

Victim Satisfaction

Levels for DA victims and Overall victims remain circa 84.8% and 73.4% respectively

Cyber crime

The number of recorded cybercrimes saw an decrease of 17.0% in the 12 months leading up to September 2023 compared to the same period in 2020 from 6,246 to 5,190.


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