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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
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said figures on the number of violent crimes dealt with by community resolutions are "extremely serious".
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, are being used to deal with serious offences including domestic violence and knife crime, a Labour Freedom of Information request found.