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Targets for tackling rape and violence were missed
10:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THAMES Valley Police is not meeting its own targets on tackling incidents of rape and violence.
The April to June force performance summary was presented at the Police and Crime Commissioner policy, planning and performance meeting yesterday.
The force failed to meet its targets in three of the seven categories of “crimes that are of most concern to the community”.
TVP aimed to get rape sanction detection rates – cases that end in prosecution – up to 23 per cent, but between April and June it was only 21.1 per cent.
However, this is a rise from 14.7 per cent between April and June 2012.
Sanction detection rates for violence against the person were 42.9 per cent – compared to a target of 45 per cent – and levels of the crime increased by 1.2 per cent, despite a target to reduce the figure by two per cent.
But the level of burglaries was reduced by 16 per cent on last year – compared to a two per cent reduction target – and sanction detection rates for domestic burglary increased to 23.9 per cent, compared to a target of 18 per cent.
Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: “The performance this year has been exceptionally good.
“There are always areas that you can look at and if I set every target so it is easily achievable I would not be doing my job.”
He added: “It is not usually a case of the police not knowing who committed it, it is a question of either the victim not wanting to take it to court or there not being enough evidence to prosecute.”
TVP refused to release the numbers that the percentages were taken from.
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