Criminals going unpunished in Greenwich

Greenwich Conservatives expressed concern this week at new local crime statistics published by the Home Office, and called for a series of police reforms to improve the effectiveness of policing and the criminal justice system.

 The new statistics show that sexual offences in the borough have risen by 5% in the last year.  Robbery is up by 5%, burglary is up by 8% and theft from motor vehicles up by a massive 12%.

The figures also show that more criminals are going unpunished across Greenwich. The detection rate for robbery has fallen from 13% to 12% and for burglary from 13% to 9% in the last year. 
After the shambles of a thousand foreign prisoners being released onto our streets instead of being deported and the u-turn over police mergers, we now see that fewer criminals are being punished for their crimes. 8 in 9 muggers and 9 in 10 burglars are getting away scot-free with their actions, and their victims are not seeing proper justice.
Conservatives are calling for a series of changes to rebuild the effectiveness of the criminal justice system:

• Greater police accountability: Existing police authorities are too weak in relation to central government and they are invisible to the public. They should be directly elected or replaced them with an individual – such as a commissioner, sheriff or mayor – who is;

• Less red tape and paperwork: Free the police from the Whitehall bureaucracy that prevents them from doing their job;

• Reform police pay, conditions and working practices: Build better relationships between forces and the communities they serve, and radically improve the levels of morale and job satisfaction among rank-and-file officers;

• Trust in the leadership of Chief Constables: They should be set clear local objectives to cut crime – and then be given the responsibility and freedom to do so.

Metropolitan Police officers are working hard, but are being held back by Whitehall red tape that prevents them from patrolling the streets and catching criminals. This is why Conservatives want to see a stronger emphasis on neighbourhood policing and a greater say for local people on how police forces are run.