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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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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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