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Row erupts over Hampshire crime figures
11:56am Friday 19th October 2012 in News
POLICE unions have clashed with the Government over a drop in crime in Hampshire.
There was a seven per cent fall in recorded offences, the Office for National Statistics said – with car crime down by almost a quarter – to 123,222 offences.
Yesterday the Police Minister told the Daily Echo the Government’s controversial shake-up of the police would not jeopardise the trend.
Conservative Damian Green claimed that measures taken so far – which includes funding cuts leading to the loss of hundreds of officers – explained the reduced figures.
He said: “We are seeing crime falling in this country, becoming a safer place, which shows that police reform is working.”
But John Apter, of Hampshire Police Federation, said: “It is in spite of, not because of the reforms.
Rather than patting themselves on the back, they should give credit to the police force and officers who have been working hard with less.”
Nominations close today for next month’s vote to choose Hampshire’s new police and crime commissioner.
Mr Green confirmed £3m was being spent on adverts to raise the profile of the elections after warnings that holding the poll in November, coupled with a lack of public interest, could lead to a record low turnout.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, to be paid £85,000 a year in Hampshire, will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account, setting the budget
and choosing a ‘policing plan.'