CUTTING CRIME

We are cutting crime and anti-social behaviour, by reforming the police to make them more responsive and by reforming the criminal justice system to cut re-offending. Cutting crime means fewer victims and safer communities. We are working with police forces to drive out wasteful spending, and increase efficiency in backroom roles. We are introducing democratic accountability into policing through elected Police and Crime Commissioners and giving local communities the powers they need to make their areas safer.

The bigger picture

Theresa May• The frontline of policing is being protected and the service to the public is being maintained. The proportion of officers on the front line is increasing, the number of neighbourhood officers has gone up, crime is down, victim satisfaction is improving and the response to emergency calls is being maintained.

• Police and Crime Commissioners are the most significant democratic reform of policing in our lifetime. They will work with the police to cut crime, give the public a voice at the highest level, hold forces to account and help restore trust. Unlike invisible and unelected police authorities, they will give communities a real say over policing priorities in their areas.

• We are giving the police, local authorities and local people the power to make their communities safer.

Increasing accountability in policing

Action to date

• Created the office of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), a directly elected local champion to lead the fight against crime and hold local police forces to account for residents.

• Launched police.uk, a street by street level crime map that shows detailed local crime data so the public can get proper information about crime in their neighbourhoods and hold the police to account for their performance.

• Required police forces to hold regular 'beat meetings' so that residents can hold them to account.

Planned actions

• We will work with Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales to find new ways to cut red-tape and waste, support victims, and drive down crime in local areas.

New powers for local communities to tackle anti-social behaviour

Action to date

• Working with local authorities to pilot a new 'Community Trigger' to give victims and communities the right to demand real action from agencies who have ignored repeated complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Planned actions

• We will introduce a late night levy to fulfil our commitment to allow councils to levy a charge from those selling alcohol late at night in their area to help contribute towards high policing costs in the late night economy.

• We will create new Early Morning Restriction Orders to allow local councils to restrict the sale of alcohol in their local area flexibly between 12 am and 6 am. This is a tool that licensing authorities can use to prevent problems in the night-time economy in either a part or the whole of their area.

Cutting police red tape

Action to date

• We have scrapped all targets and set the police one objective: to cut crime.

• We have scrapped the national requirement for the Stop and Account form and reduced the burden of the stop and search procedures.

• We have Created a shorter and more straightforward annual appraisal model to manage police performance and development.

  • We have simplified crime recording process to save officers' time.
  • The proportion of police on the front line is going up.

Planned actions

• We will work with local police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners to find more ways of cutting bureaucracy at a local level.

Creating a National Crime Agency

Action to date

• We have laid before Parliament legislation to create a powerful new operational crime fighting agency that will: tackle organised crime, strengthen our borders, fight fraud and cyber crime and protect children and young people.

Planned actions

• Once the agency becomes fully operational in 2013 it will deliver a step change in tackling serious, organised and complex crime.

Police 101 number

Action to date

• We have established a new national 101 non emergency number, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for members of the public to contact their local police force.

Taking action to tackle the problems of alcohol abuse

Action to date

• We have doubled the fine issued for persistent sale of alcohol to underage customers to £20,000.

• We have removed the vicinity test for those making representations on licensing decisions to allow wider local community involvement.

• We have reformed the system of licensing for temporary events.

• We have suspended the licences of premises for the non-payment of annual fees.

Planned actions

• We will introduce a ban on sales of alcohol below the level of duty plus VAT, stopping the worst cases of heavy discounting by retailers.

Making our criminal justice system work better

Action to date

• We have Secured the support of parliament to make clear that foreign criminals should not use the human right to private life to avoid deportation. Article 8 rights will prevent deportation only in the most exceptional of circumstances.

Planned actions

• We are giving police the power to prosecute up to 50 per cent of magistrates' court cases to save time and money. This will mean about 500,000 cases can be taken through magistrates courts by police officers themselves, cutting the time it takes to serve justice and stopping the duplication of work between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

• We are Replacing Labour's 19 complex anti-social behaviour powers with six simple and flexible new ones.

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