Fortuitously there has just been a release of Police Manpower (sorry, I still call it that, no offence intended) and the latest Crime Data for England and Wales.
Much has been made of these latest figures both in the Press and on Social Media.Â This Crime has gone up by this percentage and all that sort of stuff.Â Very useful, it really is, but if you want to look at more than just the big, bold headlines your head will soon be spinning.
Well, I still have some crayons left, none of the real academics have tried to disable my abacus or nick my pencil box, so I thought Iâ€™d try and make sense of the bigger picture and how it affects both Policing and the Populus in 2018.
Firstly, how many Police Officers are there in England and Wales since the disastrous election of 2010?
Not including the British Transport Police (for no particular reason other than they are shown separetely in the stats) it looks like this
Itâ€™s all well and good producing a pretty chart I hear you cry, what does that actually LOOK like?Â Itâ€™s a tad worse after this weekâ€™s figures release but basically it looks like all the areas coloured pink having NO Police Officers whatsoever, not a single one.
It doesnâ€™t look very good does it,Â but we keep hearing that Crime is Down and Police Reform is working, so how are the much-reduced Police Officers coping with crime and stuff?
My word, it looks to me like a few years after Theresa Mayâ€™s cuts started to bite, Overall Crime started to increase.
Violent Crime, weâ€™ve heard a lot about that recently, how does that look?
The reason for the bizarre drop in the middle of the graph of that the Home OPffice keep changing exactly which crimes they want to list, and a lot of the lesser asssaults, whilst recorded by the Police, did not feature in the Home Office stats, but now they do again.Â And they complain about the Police fudging stats eh?
So, we have had 8 years now of #Austerity and #PoliceReform.Â What does that look like? How do the numbers stack up after 8 years?
Apologies if you find the chart above a bit â€˜busyâ€™ but basically Police Numbers down, Stop and Search down has resulted in Total Crime and Violent Crime going up.Â Where will it all end?Â Theresa May and her colleagues must be really proud of themselves. There you have it encapsulated in one chart, the state of (Crime and) Policing in 2018.