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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

Today it has been announced that a ‘National crisis’ due to a shortage of police officers have been declared for the first time in history.

The crisis is putting the public at an ‘unacceptable risk’. It has now been warned.

There are 46,000 wanted suspects to crimes including murderers and rapists as it has been announced that British policing is in a “potentially perilous” state.

The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has said that vulnerable victims are being let down, criminal cases are being shelved and suspects are remaining untracked as the police fail to carry out basic functions due to lack of funding and lack of officers.

forces are being forced to downgrade emergency calls in order to justify a slower police response.

The watchdog evaluated forces in four areas:
how effective is the force at preventing crime, anti-social behaviour?
how effective is the force at investigating crime and managing offenders?
how effective is the force at protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims?
how effective is the force at tackling serious and organised crime?
HMIC graded forces for their overall effectiveness as follows:


  • Durham


  • Avon & Somerset
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Cheshire
  • City of London
  • Cleveland
  • Cumbria
  • Derbyshire
  • Dorset
  • Essex
  • Greater Manchester
  • Gwent
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Merseyside
  • Norfolk
  • North Wales
  • North Yorkshire
  • Northumbria
  • South Wales
  • Suffolk
  • Surrey
  • Thames Valley
  • Warwickshire
  • West Mercia
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire
  • Wiltshire

Requires Improvement

  • Devon & Cornwall
  • Dyfed-Powys
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Humberside
  • Leicestershire
  • Met Police
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Sussex


  • Bedfordshire

We are now in a national crisis within British policing due to years and years of underfunding and constant cuts.

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