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Police chiefs set for public meeting

Rugby Editorial 18th Jun, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE MEN in charge of Warwickshire Police visit Rugby next week.

Police and crime commissioner Ron Ball and chief constable Andy Parker will face questions from the public on June 25.

The meeting will be held at Lawrence Sheriff School in Clifton Road from 6.30pm.

Top of the agenda will be 45 minutes for public questions before they talk about police performance and integrity, domestic abuse, and an update on the alliance between Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces.

It comes as Mr Ball is set to meet with the Home Secretary as part of a new national oversight group set up to look at the way police forces handle domestic abuse.

He is one of three PCCs who are members of the new national oversight group, formed by Theresa May following a hard-hitting report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

It aims to improve the police response nationally, bringing all forces up to the standard of the best. Mr Ball joins representatives from HMIC, the College of Policing and women’s charities in the group.

Warwickshire was one of eight forces praised in the HMIC report, which said: “The public in Warwickshire can have confidence the police are working well with partners to tackle domestic abuse and keep victims safe.”

Figures published in March revealed Warwickshire recorded 1,281 domestic abuse-related crimes for the 12 months to the end of August 2013. Of these crimes, 19 per cent resulted in a charge, 16 per cent resulted in a caution and four per cent were settled without going to court – for example by issuing a fixed penalty notice for disorderly conduct.

Statistics showed domestic abuse accounted for four per cent of all recorded crime in the county over the same period, and 18% of all recorded assaults with intent to cause serious harm. For every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 63 arrests.

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