First analysis of national demand on policing published

Report reveals there are emerging pressures on police resilience

​Work has begun to create a template allowing forces to map demand work in their own areas.

While there have been a number of attempts to measure demand on the police service over the years, a lack of reliable national data has tended to result in a renewed focus on levels of recorded crime as the main measure of workload, which forces do not feel is adequate.

The template will allow us to create a more thorough picture of what demand looks like across policing in England and Wales.

Last month we published the first national picture of the breadth and complexity of the work undertaken by the police. The analysis showed the incoming and ongoing work of the police and suggests an increasing amount of police time is directed towards public protection work such as managing high-risk offenders and protecting victims who are at risk and often vulnerable.

The analysis shows in the past five years the number of police officers has fallen by 11 per cent. On a typical day in a typical force there is approximately one officer on duty for every 1,753 people living in a force area.

On a typical day, officers in that force will make 50 arrests, deal with 101 anti-social behaviour incidents, respond to approximately 12 missing person reports, carry out 37 stop and searches, deal with 9 road traffic collisions, and respond to 14 incidents flagged as being linked to mental health issues.

College of Policing chief executive officer Chief Constable Alex Marshall said:

“The role of the College of Policing is to provide the people who work in policing with the knowledge and the skills they need to protect the public, cut crime and catch criminals.

“This work presents a clear picture of what the police are doing on a daily basis in local communities. In every force decisions have to be made about priorities and where to place resources. This analysis will assist in that decision making.

“This work presents a clear picture of what the police are doing on a daily basis in local communities and the College will now build on this early evidence base by working with forces to develop consistent approaches to map demand and to help inform policy decisions.”

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