UK Justice Policy Review

Falling crime rate not down to the police

Today's Guardian carries an editorial examing the reasons for the ongoing fall in the official crime rate.

The previous Labour government and the coalition have passed roughly one crime-related piece of legislation a year, the editorial notes. Despite this legislative hyperactivity, 'even a glance at the trend behind the headlines suggests crime and policing policy has less influence on the figures than politicians want to believe'.

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