Violent crime punishment row

Police forces are dealing with up to 14% of violent crimes against the person through "community resolutions", as police cuts bites and the number of officers falls, Labour party research has found.

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Government defends crime punishments

Crime continues to fall - recorded crime is down by more than 10% under this Government and the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows crime is at its lowest level since records began.

It isthe responsibility of Chief Constables to ensure that community resolutions areused appropriately. Through crime maps and Police and Crime Commissioners, the public now have the means to hold them to account.

– Home Office spokesman

Community resolutions used nearly 1,000 times for hate crimes

A Freedom of Information request by the Labour party has found an increase in the number of violent crimes being dealt with community resolutions:

  • In 2012 community resolutions were used 33,673 times for violent crimes, including 10,160 offences of serious violence involving injury
  • In 2012 police used community resolutions 2,225 for offences of domestic violence
  • Community resolutions were used nearly 1,000 times in 2012 for hate crimes, 2,000 times for harassment and stalking and 100s of times for offences involving weapons and knives

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Labour: These figures are extremely serious

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said figures on the number of violent crimes dealt with by community resolutions are "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.

Offenders who admit to serious and violent crimes - including knife crime, domestic violence, and serious assault - are 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.

Violent crimes 'resolved with community resolutions'

Police forces are dealing with up to 14% of violent crimes against the person through "community resolutions", as police cuts bites and the number of officers falls, Labour party research has found.

Community resolutions: Where criminals apologise to victims Credit: Dave Cheskin/PA Wire

Community resolutions, where criminals apologise to victims, are being used to deal with serious offences including domestic violence and knife crime, a Labour Freedom of Information request found.

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