Cut in police numbers has contributed to rise in crime, police chief warns
Acting Chief Constable Chris Weigh of the Lancashire force said the loss of front line officers had resulted in an “inevitable” increase in the number of offences being committed.
It is the first time a chief police officer has attributed a spike in crime statistics to budgetary pressures and will increase calls for the Government to rethink its plans for a 20 per cent cut in police funding.
Mr Weigh, whose force has lost 500 officers so far, said there had been a “significant” rise in certain crimes including house burglary which was up 8.4 per cent and violent crime which was up 5.4 per cent in April compared to the same time last year.
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"Cut in police numbers has contributed to rise in crime, police chief warns", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2012. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/cut-in-police-numbers-has-contributed-to-rise-in-crime-police-chief-warns