Commenting on the 8% increase in knife crime offences, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:
“The continuing rise in knife crime is tragic, but not surprising. Until politicians take seriously the need to invest in prevention alongside enforcement, more young people will continue to die on our cities’ streets.
Any increases in police numbers must be targeted and coupled with serious investment to tackle the lethal mix of poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs. It’s astonishing that both Tory leadership candidates think that pledging thousands more bobbies is enough.”
Data also published today shows that fewer than one in 10 crimes result in a charge.
The think tank is calling for a portion of the resources being promised to the police by Tory leadership candidates to be spent on back-office support, analysts and bolstering digital forensics capabilities to improve outcomes. It argues that more officers should only be deployed to specific high crime areas.