Police praised for crime-fighting

A WHITBY councillor has praised the crime-fighting efforts of North Yorkshire Police after a new report highlighted that the county remains one of the safest in the UK.

County councillor Jane Kenyon, who is also chairman of the police authority, said that the result of the report is testament to not only the police, but also residents and other agencies such as the fire service and local authorities who have worked tirelessly together.

She added: “The report is further confirmation of the hard work and dedication afforded by officers and staff of North Yorkshire Police, keeping our communities safe and free from harm day in and day out.

“It has been a challenge, but both the Strategic Leadership Team and members of the authority have worked to ensure that the best possible policing service can still be delivered, and will continue to be into the future.”

The publication of the results in the Home Office’s quarterly statistical bulletin and the British Crime Survey (BCS) showed that overall crime had fallen by 0.58%.

Burglary, vehicle crime, robbery, and criminal damage all saw a reduction in the number of offences.

However theft, violent crimes, sexual offences and drug offences all saw an increase in reported cases, although the rise in historical sexual offences reported is generally welcomed as a sign of confidence in the police to deal with such offences.

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell said: “The latest Home Office crime bulletin and BCS once again demonstrates the high level of service North Yorkshire police and our partners deliver to our communities and the sheer commitment of everyone tackling crime head on.

“It is highly pleasing that residents have confidence and trust in Safer Neighbourhoods policing and recognise that we are working hard alongside councils to tackle the crime and anti-social behaviour issues that matter most to them.

“The continued support and engagement from residents is absolutely key to successful policing, and her in North Yorkshire and York we are very fortunate that local people genuinely care about their neighbourhoods and are willing to get involved in community matters.

“I want to pass on my sincere thanks and gratitude for this valued support.”