Violent crime is almost a third higher than nine years ago in Leicestershire.
The most recent figures released show in Leicestershire that there were 18,985 violence against the person crimes reported in the year to September 2017, the latest figures, a 29% rise from 14,726 reports in the year ending September 2009.
But, over the same period, the full-time equivalent number of police officers within the force has fallen by 24%, from 2,344 in September 2009 to 1,772 in September 2017, a loss of 572 officers.
However Leicestershire Police have stated that there is an increase in public confidence to report crimes committed.
Is there a link between the reduced number of officers on our streets compared to the rise in violent crimes?
Here at Emery Johnson Astills we specialise in criminal defence work, we can attend police stations 24 hours a day and attend both Magistrates and Crown Court, with our own Solicitor Advocates being able to conduct Crown Court matters.
If you therefore find yourself suspected of a violent offence please give a member of the Crime Team a call who will be able to assist.
With offices in Leicester, Loughborough and Coalville we are able to attend a number of local police stations, whether an interview is conduct voluntary or under arrest.