I frequently hear from experienced police officers that they now feel liberated to work to reduce harm in our communities rather than chasing targets.
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As part of Nick Alston’s commitment to encourage the reporting and stopping of hate crime, he attended a forum to hear people’s first-hand experiences.
An outstanding policing project which helps to tackle crime and keep local communities safe celebrated its one year anniversary this week at Colchester Police Station.
I welcome the report of the Public Administration Select Committee into police recorded crime statistics.
Our police officers are selected and trained to exert authority and restore order to situations without the use of force, as far as possible. However, for our police to keep communities safe, there will be occasions when it is necessary for officers to use reasonable and proportionate force. Sometimes that force will be needed to protect the wider community. Occasionally force may even be necessary to ensure a person does not cause significant harm to themselves. Typically, any decision an officer makes about the use of force will involve a fine judgement about the balance of harm and risk.