I¿m requesting the following information under a FOI Request, please would you provide the relevant information with the recorded statistic for each year, so I can identify trends of increases, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Many thanks for your assistance.
The reduction in the number of Police officers in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The reduction in the number of PCSOs in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The reduction in the number of Police staff in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The reduction in Police funding in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The reduction of Police stations in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The increases in overall crime rate in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The increases in violent crime in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The increases in burglary in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The increases in car theft in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The increases in knife crime in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
The increases in gun crime in i) Coventry ii) West Midlands iii) UK since 2010.
Please find attached our response and note that UK data is not held by West Midlands Police.
It is important in November 2016 as part of our change programme for the future we significantly restructured the force, significant functions have moved from NPU responsibility to central departments.
We have invested in neighbourhood policing and now have more dedicated neighbourhood officers and PCSOs. In order to allow those officers to focus solely on neighbourhood issues, a number of officers have been moved to bigger, force-wide functions like response and investigative roles. It means we can protect neighbourhood policing but flex to address any threat and demand at a force level.
We also have many police staff roles which fulfil a variety of valuable operational roles including forensic experts, homicide, domestic and child abuse investigators, fraud and cyber- crime specialists. We also have front-line police staff working as emergency call handlers. They also provide essential support functions, including training, HR and finance which means our police officers can spend more time on the streets.
In respect of Coventry, Crime is now lower than it was in 2010, with decreases in burglary and knife crime which compare favourably with other areas of the region. While there has been an increase in gun crime, these incidents are still very rare in the city and make up a tiny proportion of recorded crime. However, we recognise the huge impact it has on communities and how safe people feel in their area. That’s why Coventry has a dedicated team dealing specifically with gang activity, and all the problems that that brings.
There will always competing demands on finite resources, and we are constantly assessing where those resources can be most effective.
Our priority is violent crime and we have a lot of buy-in and support from public health, education, charity organisations and the people of Coventry
While the figures attached show there has been a large reduction in the number of police officers and staff in Coventry, this figure is misleading and as above the way that West Midlands Police is organised has changed in recent years so that a similar level of resources are still deployed in Coventry, but now they are under a central command structure so are not technically counted as Coventry officers.
While the figures suggest a reduction of nearly 77% in officers, the reality is the number of officers delivering neighbourhood policing in Coventry has only reduced by five per cent since 2013.
There are still dedicated neighbourhood officers, detectives, intelligence and public protection officers who work around the clock to keep Coventry safe.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.
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.