Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police set crime targets by police authority

Catching violent offenders such as robbers and burglars should be a Warwickshire Police priority over the next year, the police authority said.

The force is also being asked to reduce serious collisions on the roads.

Warwickshire Police Authority also want better help for hate crime victims for 2012/13.

Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton said he welcomed the Authority's "continued focus on tackling serious crime and road collisions".

'Fewer victims'

The force is also being asked to increase the number of volunteers who work with support officers and staff.

Police Authority chair Phil Robson said: "Members of the Authority were clear that they want the force to continue to tackle the most serious harms our communities face and also those crimes that are of most concern or which are most likely to occur.

"We want fewer victims of serious violence and more of those who cause it arrested and charged."

The Authority acknowledged that levels of burglary within the county had been "reduced significantly" over the past five years, but said but it wanted to see a reduction in the number of homes broken into during 2012/13 and more burglars caught and put before the courts.

Mr Brunton said he was confident they could "achieve the priorities set by the Authority".

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