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 on the 17 August 2022:
Reduce murder and other homicides
There have been six homicides recorded in the last quarter. In three cases, individuals have been charged and arrests have been made in relation to another two. In the 12 months up to June 2022 the number of murders and homicide has remained static at 20 compared to the 12-month period leading up to June 2019.
Reduce serious violence
Whilst other indicators appear inflated when compared with the 2018/19 baseline year, they have remained farly static in the most recent quarter. Only one further discharge of a lethal, barrelled weapon has occurred and 3 individuals have been charged with mutliple offences in relation to this incident.
One useful indicator of the prevalence of knife crime is the number of individuals aged under 25 who present to emergency departments with assault injuries where the weapon was a knife, blade or sharp object.
For the 12 months leading up to June 2022, Lancashire showed an increase compared to 2018/19 with volumes up 26.2% from 84to 106.
Disrupt drugs supply and county lines
One measure of the disruption activity targeting drugs supply and county lines offending is the number of disruptions carried out against serious organised crime. In the 12 months leading up to March 2022 Lancashire has seen a considerable increase in SOC-related disruptions, arrests and charges in comparison to 2018/219 as a baseline year.
Operation Bergen is linked to Operation Teasel. A conspiracy investigation resulted in 5 x arrests and 2 x charged and remanded. The organised crime gang were linked to high profile violence and drug supply across Fleetwood. A number of resources across the force from frontline staff to specialist departments were involved alongside multi-agency partners. The group were sentenced on 25th May to a total of 10+ years.
Reduce neighbourhood crime
The number of recorded Burglary, Robbery, Theft of/from vehicle, Theft from person saw a decline of 34.1% in the 12 months leading up to June 2022 compared to the same period in 2019 from 24,691 to 16,270.
The number of recorded online/cyber enabled crimes has increased during the 12 months leading to June 2022 to 6,053 from 3,572. An increase of 69.5%.
Improve satisfaction among victims
Whilst year-on-year comparisons show a decrease, satisfaction levels across all crime types (including DA victims) have remained very consistent since the last update (Domestic Abuse was 86% to March, now 85%; Other Crimes 72%, now 70.5%). Considerable increase have been observed in the % of Hate Crime and ASB victims satisfied over the last 3 months, compared with the last 12 months, indicating positive directional change. ASB satsifaction has also been tracking above 2021 in the calendar year to date.
Additional information on the key national policing priorities can be found by accessing the links below:
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