New reports show the volume of violent crime being dealt with by the police has increased over the last few years.
Knife crime in London has been rising for four years in a row and in 2016 the police recorded a 14% increase in offences involving a knife or sharp instrument compared with the previous year, across England and Wales. The police recorded 36,998 of these offences that involved a knife or sharp instrument in the latest year ending June 2017, a 26% increase compared with the previous year (29,476) and the highest figure recorded since the year ending March 2011.
Public order +43%.
Sex offences +19%.
Knife crime +26%
Police officers numbers have fallen by 0.7% in 2016, and the lowest number at the end of a financial year since comparable records began in 1996. Between September 2010 and September 2016, police numbers in England and Wales fell by 18,991, or 13%, according to the Home Office.
There were 198,684 workers employed by the 43 police forces in England and Wales on 31 March 2017, a decrease of 2,237 or 1% compared with a year earlier. This is the lowest number in the police workforce since 31 March 2003 (198,375 workers).