In the last 12 months violence with injury reduced in all nine Local Policing Team areas with the number of crimes recorded in 2010/11 standing at 8,488.
This represents a 12.1 per cent decrease when compared to 9,653 violence with injury crimes recorded in 2009/10.
A quarter of these injuries are caused by domestic violence. The force has a well-established policy of taking positive action in respect of this type of crime and works closely with local authorities and partner agencies such as Women’s Aid and Arch to tackle underlying causes.
Operation Safer Nights is the force’s approach to tackling alcohol fuelled violence across our town centres. In the past 12 months town centre violence has reduced by 19 per cent, with reported incidents standing at 1,262 incidents this year compared to 1,567 last year.
Less than 14 serious violent crimes are committed in Staffordshire each week and the force is determined to drive that figure down even further.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale said:
“This is good news for the people of Staffordshire who can rest assured that we, together with our partners, are doing all we can to keep people safe, and make them feel safe.
There’s no excuse for violence in the home, in our town centres or anywhere else for that matter.
“While the fall in the number of cases of violence with injury is to be welcomed, we will continue our drive to reduce it still further. We are working closely with our colleagues at local authorities and other partner agencies to clamp down on violence in all of its forms and make the communities we serve even safer.
“Operation Safer Nights was launched in December 2009 to specifically tackle violent crime, much of which is fuelled by alcohol, and has since seen the development of numerous initiatives aimed at reducing violent incidents in our town centres. With early intervention tactics, would be trouble makers are removed from our town centres. Our licensing teams work closely with the licensing industry to ensure venues are operating lawfully and any licence conditions imposed are adhered too.
“We want people to be safe and to feel safe when they are out enjoying themselves and we remain committed to tackling the things that matter most to the communities we serve.”
David Pearsall, Chair of Staffordshire Police Authority, said:
“These figures are extremely pleasing, tackling violence in our town centres is a priority and we continue to work together with our partners to ensure that our town are safe and enjoyable places to visit.”