Policing in Thames Valley

Thames Valley has 18 local authorities at district, county and unitary level. There are nine safeguarding and nine health and well-being boards. Thames Valley borders nine forces comprising five regions. Partnership working is therefore complex.

Population increased by 8.5% over 10 years (2.26 million in 2011), with anticipated growth of 200,000 by 2021. There are huge numbers of visitors to famous sites, large student population and many business travellers. Communities are diverse, with densely populated urban and large rural areas and growing minority ethnic communities. The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) proportion increased by 80% in 10 years (15.4% in 2011).

Recorded crime reduced by 25% between 2010 and 2014 (down 5% in 12 months to June 2014). Reported incidents remained static during the same period. Reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour were offset by rises in public safety and welfare. Domestic burglary has fallen significantly (down over 20% in 12 months to June 2014). Recording of sexual offences increased dramatically (up over 25% in 12 months to June 2014). This coincided with high profile cases. Safeguarding the vulnerable is a key focus for the Force and partners. There are serious and complex investigations into abuse, particularly into child sexual exploitation.

Threats from organised crime groups have grown, particularly fraud and cyber crime. The Force has invested in this area and works closely with other partners to reduce the threat, risk and harm. It also works with other agencies and the community to address the threat of terrorism and support those at risk of radicalisation.

Thames Valley workforce costs are below average per head of population (£137 versus £168). It delivered £58.9m savings between 2010 and 2015 but limited police officer reductions to 2% (versus 11% nationally) and increased the percentage of police officers on the frontline. Victim satisfaction is at its highest level (88.5%).

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