14 January 2011
Crime Rise Inevitable

Crime Rise Inevitable, Think Tank Warns
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Source: SecurityOracle.com
Security professionals voice alarm as think-tank warns of consequences of law enforcement cuts.
Police professionals and Opposition MPs have called on the government to “urgently reconsider” the level of planned cuts to law enforcement budgets after a think-tank voiced concern that the public will be “at greater risk of crime” as a result of falling officer numbers.
Research by Civitas found that there is a “strong relationship” between numbers of boots on the ground and the crime rate – and that budget reductions of up to 20 per cent across the Police Service in the next four years could have serious consequences.
The researchers assert: “While police numbers and resources are far from the only contributor to police effectiveness, it seems highly unlikely that the swingeing cuts now being enacted will be made without significantly decreasing detection rates.
“The result will be that offenders will be able to engage in criminal acts with a reduced risk of being caught and sanctioned, making criminal acts less risky and more attractive for potential offenders – members of the public are at greater risk.”
As reported on PoliceOracle.com, government ministers have accepted that the cuts will be challenging but insist resources must be deployed more effectively.
They have also asserted that the Home Office – and the Police Service – must play their part in helping to reduce the significant deficit in the public purse.
However, the Police Federation of England and Wales has again gone on the offensive, claiming that reductions will have serious ramifications for law enforcement.
Vice Chairman Simon Reed said: “This government cannot ignore the direct correlation between police officer numbers and the crime rate and must urgently reconsider the level of cuts the Police Service is facing over the next four years.
“With funding for PCSOs ring-fenced for two years, chief officers will have to make tough decisions about the number of police officers they can afford to maintain. We are already seeing many forces freeze recruitment and start proceedings to forcibly retire officers with more than 30 years’ service.”
Mr Reed added: “The first duty of government is to protect its citizens – we trust the stark announcement will act as a wake up call and moves are urgently undertaken to protect policing.”
Shadow Policing Minister Vernon Coaker also maintained that the Civitas report underlined that the reductions to law enforcement budgets are “reckless and risky”.
He added: “We are already seeing thousands of police jobs being lost, which will undermine the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour in all our communities.”


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