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Ministers Pledge to Provide More Local Information on Crime

Magazine article Public Finance

Ministers Pledge to Provide More Local Information on Crime

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The government has backed a report by crime and communities adviser Louise Casey that proposes steps to make more information on crime rates available and restore public confidence in the judicial system.

Casey, in her report Engaging communities infighting crime, published on June 18, suggests local data should be provided on online maps, monthly information leaflets should be delivered to homes, and local groups should be given funds to help tackle crime.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that although crime had fallen, 'too many people don't believe the system is on their side'. He added: 'Through this report people have told us what they want to be done and we are going to act'

The Home Office said new minimum standards would be set for neighbourhood policing, there would be investment in a new team of community champions', and steps would be taken to increase the 'visibility' of community sentences.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: 'Making sure that people feel safe and secure in their communities is my top priority. And central to that is building people's confidence that crime is being tackled in their areas and justice is being done - and being seen to be done. …

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