Community Resolution (709_15)

Request

What is the total number of crimes resolved by your force without formal charges, by community resolutions, extended professional judgement or some other manner?

 

Could you supply figures for each year from 2010?

 

Please could you provide a breakdown of the crimes by type of offence for each of those resolutions, for each year that data is available for?

 

Please would you also supply a breakdown of the number of such crimes committed by under-18-year-olds, alongside a tally committed by offenders over the age of 18?

Response

 

Datum Community Resolutions Offender
0-17 years
Offender 18+ years
2010 12345 3827 8440
2011 11143 3164 7899
2012 9747 2485 7167
2013 9522 2455 6999
2014 7820 2063 5725

 

The vast majority of Community Resolutions issued by the force have been for low level offences like shoplifting, minor assaults and criminal damage as a means of achieving swift justice for victims.

 

They are only ever used with the victim’s consent; they play an active role in the process and can help tailor aspects of the resolution. That might involve an apology, compensation or some form of rehabilitation for the offender.

 

In a small number of cases they are deemed appropriate for offences that, by their legal classification, appear very serious, including rape and grievous bodily harm (GBH).

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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