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Boris Johnson was right about crime – so when will we listen?


Onward’s Director Sebastian Payne discusses the need for a national neighbourhood policing uplift across the UK in the i.  He writes:

“Visible policing is key. The number of officers may have increased over the last five years, but people aren’t necessarily seeing it. Community crimes – those that concern voters the most – require regular foot patrols, particularly in crime hotspots, that reduce crimes while increasing confidence. Neighbourhood policing numbers overall are down; over the last decade, Police Community Support Officers have nearly halved, while the number of special police officers has dropped by two thirds.

The public is aware of this lack of visibility. According to polling, just 11 per cent saw a foot patrol in 2022, less than half the number of a decade before. Community support officers are struggling with their roles as junior enforcers, to combat low-level crime and gaining trust with local communities. The solution is not to put existing officers on the street for the sake of it, taking them away from other important crimes.”

Read the full article here.



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