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Jersey Police confirm lowest ever crime rate

Monday 09 January 2017

Jersey Police confirm lowest ever crime rate

Jersey Police have published their official stats for 2016, and say it was year when crime in the Island dropped to its lowest level on record.

In particular, they have drawn attention to a fall in the number of domestic assaults, which have fallen by 14% on the previous year.

The total number of crimes reported to police in 2016 dropped below 3,000 for the first time to 2,898, a 6% reduction from 2015 which saw just 3,087 crimes. In 2010 the figure was 4,563, about 37% higher than 2016.

The Police say that officers now deal with many more mental health related issues, missing people and concerns for welfare as well as cyber-crime.

Chief Officer Mike Bowron said: “It gives me great pleasure to share these figures with the public, and also to hear that islanders feel increasingly safe in their homes and communities. We will continue to make those who do have concerns feel safer by addressing what is important to them and any issues they have.

It must be noted however that our calls to action by the public haven’t decreased and neither has the number of people brought through our custody suite. Rather, the nature of what we do has changed significantly and we as a Police Force must continually adapt to these demands. We must also adapt the way we work to the changing face of crime, training our staff to deal with cyber-crime and educate the public on how to keep themselves safe."

While the Police continue to fight online crime, 2017 is all about the big move to the first purpose-built state-of-the-art police headquarters in Jersey.

Mr Bowron said: "I think that the States can congratulate itself the building is on time, to spec and within budget and it's really really good. 

"We'll start moving in functions like Custody, Control room and other key functions first and then the offices will move in but we should all be in by the first week in March."

In the meantime they'll continue to engage with almost a quarter of Islanders who are regularly liaising with them on social media.

"We've got 23,000 Facebook followers. We have dialogue all the time, even if a tree is down, it helps let people know where to avoid and actually that helps traffic management, people can get to work half an hour quicker by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

"It's a friendly approachable cop thing. We try and replicate online what we do on the streets which is a friendlier face of approachable policing.

"I think we're the model to hold in front of the rest of the States quite frankly, our dogs alone get three and a half thousand followers!"

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Posted by John Noonan on
Taking police action against blatant defiance of various motor traffic laws where Jersey Lifts are concerned would certainly give you different figures to publish.If Guernsey Police can get to grips with this contempt for the law maybe it's time Chief Officer Bowron took some action.He says "we must also adapt the way we work to the changing face of crime"A lot of people are waiting expectantly.
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