Given that our Police and Crime Commissioner’s official calendar looks a bit thin:
Ms Hernandez might like to think about earning some of her £85,000 plus expenses salary on dealing with some new statistics, published in today’s Sunday Times, about how many police suspects actually end up in court, and how the pitiful figures can be improved.
Figures for the south-west show that the number of people charged with offences had fallen dramatically.
In 2010-2011 84% of people charged with homicide offences went to court. That fell in 2016-2017 to 52%.
In 2010-2011 72% of people charged with possession of firearms went to court. That fell to 43% in 2016-2017.
In 2010-2011 93% of people charged with robbery went to court. That fell to 15% in 2016-2017.