Annual crime figures published today by the PSNI reveal that in the 2014-15 period 105,072 crimes were recorded in Northern Ireland, an increase of 2,326 (2.3%) on the 2013-14 period.
Speaking about the latest figures Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said:
“The Board will be having a full discussion with the Chief Constable on the performance of the PSNI against the 2014-15 Policing Plan and the figures published today will form the basis for that overall assessment.
Despite the small increase in the number of crimes recorded overall, increases in some crime areas such as rape crime, hate crime, domestic abuse and paramilitary attacks are of serious concern.
Behind every statistic is a victim and as a Board our focus is on making sure the police meet the needs of victims and achieve positive outcomes in terms of the investigation of crimes committed. Without doubt, some of the crime outcome rates in today’s figures do not make for positive reading.”
Looking to the discussion with the PSNI at the June Board meeting, Mrs Connolly said:
“At the last meeting, the Chief Constable set out to the Board the breadth and depth of the demands currently placed on policing and the challenges sometimes faced in service delivery.
At the June meeting, the Chief Constable will present and be questioned on the final performance report along with analysis of the figures contained in this statistics report.”
For further information please contact the Board’s Communications Office on 07801 738795.
Notes to Editors
The full statistical analysis is available to view on the PSNI website at www.psni.police.uk