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Report shows reduction in child arrests by Warwickshire Police

The number of children arrested by Warwickshire Police has reduced by 68% since 2010.

The figures have been shared today (Monday 10 September) as part of a report by The Howard League for Penal Reform.

They show 447 child arrests were made in Warwickshire in 2017 compared with 1,417 in 2010.

A number of changes to the way Warwickshire Police respond to incidents involving children has helped see this significant reduction in arrests over the years.

This has included having a proportionate response to allegations and a recognition that the police should not seek to criminalise young people unnecessarily.

The continued effective use of Restorative Justice has placed an emphasis on working with both victims and offenders to find alternative solutions.

This approach ensures we work with everyone affected by the crime to repair the harm and find an appropriate way forward.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: "These latest figures continue to reflect the positive steps being taken, not just within Warwickshire but nationally, to ensure the best possible outcome for young people who come to the attention of the police.

"When allegations involve a young person we must strike a careful balance between arriving at the right outcome for the victim while doing all we can to ensure the child has an opportunity to show remorse, learn from his or her mistakes and, with the appropriate support, move forward in a constructive way.

"Within Warwickshire Police we actively encourage our officers to use their professional judgement, to not simply rely on arrests and to see past the obvious when responding to an incident or crime involving a child or young person. This enables us to ensure that the response is appropriate and proportionate for each given situation."

More information about Restorative Justice can be found on our website here

Issued: 12.15pm, Monday 10 September, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

 

Published 10/09/18