Child arrests down 75 per cent

FIGURES released by West Mercia Police show the number of arrested young people has reduced by more than 75 per cent since 2008.

It claims that a number of changes to the way the police respond to incidents involving young people have helped see the reduction in arrests.

This has included a response to allegations and a recognition that the police should not look to criminalise young people unnecessarily.

Gareth Morgan, Assistant Chief Constable, said: “Across West Mercia Police we encourage our officers to use their judgement and discretion when considering the range of options available to respond to a crime or incident in a proportionate way, no matter how old the people involved are.

“If allegations involve a young person, a careful balance needs to be made between arriving at the right outcome for the victim, whilst ensuring that the child has an opportunity to show remorse, learn from their mistakes and, with the appropriate support, move forward in a constructive way.” The figures were released as part of a report by The Howard League for Penal Reform.

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8:31am Wed 4 Jun 14

DAVID1875 says...

So the only reason why child arrests are down is because West Mercia Police have altered the rules i.e. they no longer arrest when they would before - so presumeably children are still commiting as much crime as before?
So the only reason why child arrests are down is because West Mercia Police have altered the rules i.e. they no longer arrest when they would before - so presumeably children are still commiting as much crime as before? DAVID1875
  • Score: 16

9:00am Wed 4 Jun 14

ray1111 says...

more than before .....
more than before ..... ray1111
  • Score: 12

10:13am Wed 4 Jun 14

walkerno5 says...

They don't have time to commit crime any more, it takes a lot of effort maintaining social media profiles and sending hundreds of texts a day.
They don't have time to commit crime any more, it takes a lot of effort maintaining social media profiles and sending hundreds of texts a day. walkerno5
  • Score: 4

11:46am Wed 4 Jun 14

the batshake says...

So that's why the little turds who set fire to my brothers car were not investigated. Not arresting someone just because they're underage is ridiculous if a crime has been commited. By the logic applied by the police to this situation and the sudden fall in crime figures that's resulted maybe they should legalise murder, rape and burglary, that way the statistics would look even better. This is nothing but lazy police work.
So that's why the little turds who set fire to my brothers car were not investigated. Not arresting someone just because they're underage is ridiculous if a crime has been commited. By the logic applied by the police to this situation and the sudden fall in crime figures that's resulted maybe they should legalise murder, rape and burglary, that way the statistics would look even better. This is nothing but lazy police work. the batshake
  • Score: 11

12:28pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Shibdrift says...

ray1111 wrote:
more than before .....
"This is nothing but lazy police work" - Yes!, but not necessarily their fault: All these muppets sipping gin and tonic, cutting the purse strings so that they can get their mansions refurbished!

No police on the streets, therefore no arrests, therefore no fear of being caught, therefore no punishment, (not that there is anyway, with all these tree hugging do gooders feeling sorry for Johnny, as he's only been able to steal 3 cars this week!!!) therefore no respect for anyone or anything, therefore the mess we are all in!
But at least the figures look good!!!
[quote][p][bold]ray1111[/bold] wrote: more than before .....[/p][/quote]"This is nothing but lazy police work" - Yes!, but not necessarily their fault: All these muppets sipping gin and tonic, cutting the purse strings so that they can get their mansions refurbished! No police on the streets, therefore no arrests, therefore no fear of being caught, therefore no punishment, (not that there is anyway, with all these tree hugging do gooders feeling sorry for Johnny, as he's only been able to steal 3 cars this week!!!) therefore no respect for anyone or anything, therefore the mess we are all in! But at least the figures look good!!! Shibdrift
  • Score: 6

7:52pm Wed 4 Jun 14

JKay00 says...

Where do you people think you live? Compton? Utter lols.
Where do you people think you live? Compton? Utter lols. JKay00
  • Score: 0

7:57am Thu 5 Jun 14

truth must out says...

Any of you muppets actually got kids...........this is the modern version of a clip round the ear from the local bobby and I believe it works.
Any of you muppets actually got kids...........this is the modern version of a clip round the ear from the local bobby and I believe it works. truth must out
  • Score: -6

11:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

harryurz says...

Arrests down 75%- could it simply be either the Police have put on too much weight or the kids are now too fast to catch?
Arrests down 75%- could it simply be either the Police have put on too much weight or the kids are now too fast to catch? harryurz
  • Score: 1

11:29am Sat 7 Jun 14

the batshake says...

truth must out wrote:
Any of you muppets actually got kids...........this is the modern version of a clip round the ear from the local bobby and I believe it works.
Moron.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: Any of you muppets actually got kids...........this is the modern version of a clip round the ear from the local bobby and I believe it works.[/p][/quote]Moron. the batshake
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