Duncan Lewis

Romford Office

Crime and Civil cases

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More serious violent crime offenders are being let off’ by community resolutions says a freedom for information request

Date: (30 April 2013)    |    

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A Freedom of Information request by the Labour party has revealed that more than 10,000 people, who have committed a serious violent crime, including domestic abuse, were let off’ just because they had either made an apology or offered compensation.
The figures revealed offenders had escaped formal convictions and were dealt with by ‘community resolutions’, according to the figures obtained from the freedom of information request.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, claims that cuts in forces has led to the rise in the use of community resolutions, with officers now under more pressure with fewer resources.
She said such measures were supposed to be used as a way to deal with less serious crimes such as anti social behaviour or theft, bringing criminals face-to-face with their victims and offering those who have been hurt given a faster resolution.
In 2012, 10,160 were handed to criminals who committed serious violent crime - making up nearly 14% in some police forces - as well as to 2,488 who committed domestic violence.
The number of community resolutions being issued in cases of violent crime has risen from 7,621 in 2010 to 8,523 in 2011. But the new figures show the largest increase was from 792 in 2008 to 5173 in 2009.
Cooper said these figures were extremely serious.
There has been a massive increase in the number of serious and violent crimes dealt with just by community resolution ever since the police cuts started - breaking all the expert guidance and promises from ministers.
Those offenders who were admitting to serious and violent crimes including knife crime, domestic violence and serious assault were increasingly being let off with no criminal record, no justice and not even a caution. That's bad for justice, bad for victims, and goes against all the evidence.
A Home Office spokesman said crime has been continuously falling with more than 10% decrease in recorded crime. Government and the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows crime was at its lowest level since records began.
He added that there was a responsibility on the Chief Constables to make sure that community resolutions were used appropriately. The public now has the means to hold the chiefs to account via crime maps and Police and Crime Commissioners.