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Report: 1.1 million arrests in last year

5The number of arrests made, crimes committed and searches carried out by police officers in England and Wales have all fallen, according to the latest figures published by the Home Office.

Police officers arrested 1.1 million people for recorded crimes in 2012/13 – down 12 per cent on 2011/12.

And the number of recorded crimes has decreased by 7 per cent over the same period.

Decreases in the number of arrests were seen across all nine offence groups. Violence against the person saw the biggest reduction, at 10 per cent. There have been year-on-year decreases for theft and handling of stolen goods, which have fallen from a peak of 419,900 in the year ending

March 2003 to 233,471 in the year ending March 2013, and criminal damage – from 169,600 in the year ending March 2006 to 81,392 in the year ending March 2013.

The number of arrests for both sexual offences and drug offences decreased for the second consecutive year, having increased for the previous 3 and 6 years respectively.

And arrests for property crime, including burglary, theft, fraud and forgery, and criminal damage, accounted for 39 per cent of all arrests for notifiable offences, the same proportion as in the previous 12 months. The number of arrests for property crime fell by 13 per cent to 418,213, which is the seventh consecutive year a fall has been reported.

All but one of the 43 police forces recorded decreases in the number of arrests. Dyfed-Powys recorded 11,770 arrests, up slightly from the 11,756 in the previous year. The largest percentage decreases were at City of London Police, down 38 per cent, and Derbyshire, down 33 per cent.

The number of stops has also decreased with PACE searches down to 1 million in 2012/13 – a decrease of by 12 per cent on the previous year. Around half of these were related to suspected drug use. And the number of fixed penalty notices issued also fell by 9 per cent.

The number of screening breath tests carried out on drivers has also fallen by 1 per cent. There were 682,558 tests carried out in 2012, and the number of positive or refused tests fell by 6 per cent.

The statistics, Police Powers and Procedures, England and Wales 2012/13, were released by the Home Office on Thursday (April 3).

The number of people arrested has fallen for the sixth successive year and is at the lowest number since the arrests data collection began in the year ending March 2000.

However, the Home Office said “caution” is needed in using some of this data as “figures for earlier years included estimates for a few forces that were unable to supply arrests information to the Home Office.”

Date posted: April 10, 2014

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