PCC comment on publication of ONS crime statistics (25 Jan 2018)

Responding to the latest release of crime statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), concerning the figures from 12 months to September 2017, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said:

"The ONS data shows that recorded crime has increased by 14.9% in West Yorkshire.

"However, as previously highlighted, West Yorkshire Police have made good improvements to their crime recording practices which continue to affect the figures in the medium term. When the improvements to crime recording changes are taken into account the actual rise is assessed at under 5%.

"Whilst both figures show an increase, that increase is gradually slowing and is lower than the national average and comparable police forces. This is testament to the hard work of West Yorkshire Police both in tackling crime and ensuring accurate recording practices, ensuring a more accurate picture overall.

"The small rise in crime continues to happen against a backdrop of government cuts to policing and an increase in demand and complexity of cases. The Policing Minister Nick Hurd did little to alleviate these issues when he announced the Policing Settlement in December which saw a further cut to the policing budget when inflation and pay rises are taken into account.

"The only option the Policing Minister left on the table was the ability for PCC's to increase the police element of council tax. I am currently consulting on whether our communities would be willing to pay anymore but it is unfair that shortfalls in funding from the government should be made up by increasing cost burden to the local taxpayer.

"I will continue to fight for a fairer funding deal for West Yorkshire to ensure our police service has the resources it needs to continue to keep us safe."

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