Nottinghamshire sees a greater fall in crime than the 7% national average during pandemic but concerns remain over two-year mental health data “lag”.
The county saw an 11% decrease in crimes recorded between September 2019-September 2020 and fewer callouts to petty crime are allowing Nottinghamshire Police to focus their attention on more serious criminals.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford believes the “The results speak for themselves. We have put in extra resources where they are needed and in the areas that people tell us through surveys”.
Nottinghamshire Police expanded the on-going ‘Operation Reacher’ last year, by creating a team in every district making strides on local drug crime by targeting drug dealers who continued to ignore the law.
By disrupting dealers and breaking-up criminal gangs in a number of raids at private addresses, the police were able to seize over £4m worth of cannabis crops and thousands in cash. Further raids are expected.
Nottinghamshire Police have also been more effective at stopping suspected criminal vehicles driving through the county with some carrying offensive weapons or drugs.
A report in the Office of National Statistics shows theft was the crime which saw the biggest decrease in the county with 20% fewer cases recorded in the year ending September 2020 than the previous year.
There were also fewer crimes involving violence with injury, sexual offences, burglary, robbery, possession of weapons, and vehicle offences. You can see full statistics at the bottom of the article.
Despite having fewer cases of many offences, crime rate in Nottinghamshire remains higher than in Derbyshire and Leicestershire. This is something Chief Constable Craig Guildford claims “is down to history, geography, poverty and social economics”.
In response to this, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping says “crime is going down faster than any of these places” (Derbyshire and Leicestershire). The East Midlands has only seen a fall of 3% in crime over the last year.
Whilst a range of published statistics are included in the reports, annual data of domestic violence incidences were not released with data only spanning from March 2020 to the beginning of April that same year.
Additionally, information relating to mental health callouts and other mental health police incidences was not included in these reports.
Activist Ben West is concerned by this and claims “up to date statistics will drive innovation and will drive cross-service cooperation”. This is something Ben thinks will see improvements across the board to mental health services in the UK.
Under the Mental Health Act: the police are asked to respond if someone struggling with a mental health emergency poses a risk to themselves or others.