At the same time, crime rates are continuing to fall. There are also good reasons for this. It’s no accident.
Lower numbers of recorded crimes and safer communities don’t make for exciting headlines. But they are crucial to Police, the country, and the Government.
The trust in our Police shown by the public shows the message is getting through. So I believe it’s important to recognise the excellent Police work, both in prevention and tackling crime, which has contributed to these statistics.
And we should never forget the dangers inherent in Policing.
I am confident frontline officers are better resourced than they have ever been, in terms of safety and technology. But it is impossible to eliminate all risk, given the nature of some of the people and situations that officers have to face.