Confidence high as crime figures stay low

CONFIDENCE in Cleveland Police remains the highest in the country.

The force is still the best in the country when it comes to public confidence, with 66 per cent of residents saying they strongly agree or tend to agree that officers and local councils deal with issues that matter to them.

The figures come from the British Crime Survey, which is carried out every quarter and measured the period for 12 months to the end of December 2011.

They represent a slight increase in confidence since they were last recorded up until September 2011, when Cleveland was also top of the table with 64.3 per cent.

The success comes just a day after the force revealed that crime from April 2011 to the end of last month saw a marginal increase of 1.2 per cent, while Hartlepool saw a 2.3 per cent reduction.

Despite the force’s overall slight rise, police chiefs say the results are a success due to the current financial circumstances and they are still the second lowest crime figures ever recorded in Cleveland.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, said: “The fact that Cleveland continues to enjoy the highest confidence levels of any force in the country reflects the quality of service provided by everyone involved: officers, staff, our many partners and, of course, the public whose support is vital in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

“At a time when the police are going through a period of major challenge and change, the commitment of the authority, working with the force’s senior management team, remains ensuring that we support frontline policing on our streets and communities.”

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “These results are a tribute to the efforts of our officers, staff and partner agencies, working together to deliver an excellent service to the public.

“We are also very grateful to the public for their continuing support as reflected in the confidence figures, and without whose co-operation we could not succeed.”