Police commissioner: 'No effort will be spared to catch serious criminals' as chief reveals that only 40 per cent of crime is investigated
BOLTON’S crime commissioner has said he expects there to be “no effort spared” to bring criminals to justice.
Mr Lloyd’s comments follow admissions by the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, Peter Fahy, that officers only actively pursue criminals in 40 per cent cases of reported.
Mr Lloyd said: “Let me be clear that I expect, and the chief constable expects, that with all serious crime no effort will be spared to bring the criminals to justice.
“With the most persistent group of regular criminals, local police must and do keep pressure on them to deter them from committing more crime.
“What I don’t expect is where there are no witnesses or no evidential trail that the police go through a paper chase to simply tick boxes, but instead use intelligent policing to prevent a recurrence of those types of crime.
"The public should know that when they report a crime and there are reliable witnesses and reliable leads that it will be investigated.
“GMP has a good record taking criminals off our streets, with crime here at its lowest level for more than a decade.”
Mr Fahy said his officers are only able to concentrate on about 40 per cent of reported crime.
The admission comes against a backdrop of nationwide cuts to police spending, which will see force budgets taking a 20 per cent hit in real terms by 2015.
Mr Fahy said: “Most crime is committed by a group of active, persistent offenders who go in and out of the criminal justice system.
“So, in continuing to reduce crime, we balance between investigating offences after they have happened and targeting those who we know are out there every day, looking for criminal opportunities.
“The police have to concentrate on the most serious crimes and those where there are lines of investigation likely to produce evidence of the offender.”
Greater Manchester Police needs to save £145.5 million over the four years of the spending review until March, 2015, with a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary this summer stating how the force had planned to cut police officer numbers by 19 per cent over the five years to that deadline.
Over the first two years of the spending review, recorded crime (excluding fraud) fell by 19 per cent. The figure for England and Wales is 13 per cent, the report stated.
Victim satisfaction is still high at 85.1 per cent, which is broadly in line with other forces.
But in 2012/13, Greater Manchester Police received more emergency and priority calls from the public, and dealt with more crime per head of population than other forces in England and Wales.
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