Stephen Mosley, MP for The City of Chester, has welcomed news that crime figures for Chester have shown a 6% fall in crime, 2% more than the national figures. He has also welcomed news that police numbers in Cheshire are set to increase. Stephen said:
“It is great to see that crime continues to fall across the country, and especially here in Chester. It is testament to the hard work that our police force is doing. The announcement that police numbers are set to increase and that crime figures have fallen demonstrates that our best police forces, such as Cheshire, are able to reduce costs and crime at the same time as boosting efficiency and police numbers.”
Figures released last week show that all recorded crime in Cheshire has fallen by six percent for the period April 2011 to March 2012, two percent more than the reductions achieved nationally. Commenting on the figures, Cheshire’s Deputy Chief Constable, Helen King, said:
“Todays’ report provides a good foundation for us to build on and we have continued to see reductions in crime over the past few months. We need to continue to strengthen the working relationships we have with other agencies and to seek new and innovative ways of working over the coming months that will continue to drive down the number of individuals who become victims of crime in a climate of reducing budgets.”
In addition, a plan to increase police officer recruiting in Cheshire this year has been approved by the Police Authority. 75 new officers will be recruited, instead of the 47 originally planned. Allowing for retirements, the overall number of officers in April 2013 will rise to 1993, an increase of 3 on the figure at April this year. Decisions on recruiting in future years will rest with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cheshire, who will be elected on 15 November. The Commissioner will take over the role of the Police Authority.
Peter Nurse, Chairman of the Police Authority’s Finance Committee, commenting on police numbers and the upcoming PCC elections, said:
“We are working hard to ensure the transition goes smoothly and the Commissioner has everything in place to maintain the high standard of policing which the people of Cheshire are used to. The number of officers is obviously crucial to that.”