The demands on policing have changed significantly over the past 10 years. The differences in force size and capability have created varying responses to austerity and hefty budget cuts. During this period, Police officer numbers have fallen. Overall crimes and incidents have been decreasing, whilst some types of crimes and incidents are increasing.
New crimes types are emerging. These include cyber-enabled crime, child sexual exploitation, modern day slavery, female genital mutilation and acquisitive crime. Many of these crime offences are associated with vulnerability, public protection and safeguarding. It is anticipated that they will require more policing resources, as they are generally more complex to investigate.
This changing crime mix means that the costs of crime for the police have not fallen with numbers of crimes. With their statutory and strategic responsibilities, the Police are becoming increasingly involved in other protective services. This is at a time when police officer numbers continue to fall, and within an uncertain funding landscape.
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