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PCCs welcome drop in crime but call for more support for victims of sexual offences

Recent data from the Independent Office of National Statistics shows a 5 per cent decrease in overall crime compared with last year and continues the downward trend seen in recent years.

Recorded crime has dropped to 3.7 million offences - the lowest levels since 2002/03.

Although the overall statistics are good news, the number of sexual offences recorded by the police last year showed a 9 per cent increase.

Responding to these statistics, Tony Lloyd, Chairman of the APCC Board and Greater Manchester PCC said;  

"Overall recorded crime is down to record low levels which will be welcome news to local communities. Congratulations must go to the police and partner agencies who continue to work together to reduce crime year-on-year.

I am concerned however about the increase in sexual offences. Although some of the recorded increase is related to historical cases this is a worrying trend and which must be addressed.  There is also a need to offer greater support to the victims of sexual offences.

Police and Crime Commissioners are very supportive of their local Sexual Assault Referral Centres and other local support services which continue to play an important role in supporting victims.  We must also work to encourage greater co-ordination between support groups and the police to ensure that victims feel confident to speak out."

ENDS    

Notes to Editors - PCCs and the APCC

1. For interviews / further information please contact Joel Charles on 07703 124 174.

2. 41 Police and Crime Commissioners replaced Police Authorities on 22.11.12 following elections in every police force area outside London in England and Wales on November 15th 2012.

3. The APCC is a company limited by guarantee. The APCC services are overseen and directed by the Chairman and Board of Directors

APCC Board of Directors;
Chairman of the APCC and Directors: Tony Lloyd PCC
Sir Graham Bright PCC
Anthony Stansfeld PCC
Vera Baird PCC
Ron Ball PCC
Simon Hayes PCC
Cllr Simon Duckworth

4. For the definitive list of PCCs and more information about the Board of the Association of PCCs please visit www.apccs.police.uk

5. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) offers the following services to PCCs:

  • Information on national policing policy issues and legislation.
  • Consults PCCs to enable them to develop policy positions and to influence change.
  • Facilitates the leadership of PCCs on national governance structures such as the College of Policing, National Crime Agency and Police Professional Bodies.
  • Assists PCCs in collaborating to share practice, procure services, and identify ways to achieve efficiencies through working together.

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