Child arrest rate in Dorset now among lowest in the country

Bournemouth Echo: Child arrest rate in Dorset now among lowest in the country Child arrest rate in Dorset now among lowest in the country

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed new figures which reveal that police in Dorset are arresting fewer children compared to five years ago.

The arrest rate now is one of the lowest in the country, only behind the Warwickshire force and City of London. Figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform through a Freedom of Information request reveal that arrests of minors in Dorset have dropped by 74 per cent since 2008.

The force says it has made ‘huge strides’ in tackling the youth arrest rate which it puts down to the successful Restorative Justice Scheme where offenders meet their victims.

The number of arrests in Dorset dropped from 3,173 in 2008 to 815 in 2013, says the Howard League, which has been campaigning to keep as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system. It says forces have reviewed arrest procedures through its involvement.

Despite the positive trend, child arrests remain “all too common nationwide,” the group says.

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8:32am Thu 5 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

What does this statistic prove? If you assume child in this case means 16 and under, then if there are three times less under 16s in the area, the rate hasn't actually dropped. Unless the number of minors in the county for both sample years is provided it is a meaningless set of numbers. Also, if the police simply turn a blind eye and don't arrest, the number will go down as well. For all we know, there have been less arrests simply because they can't be bothered, or have more serious issues to deal with. There is nothing to compare the figure to, so half the information is missing.
What does this statistic prove? If you assume child in this case means 16 and under, then if there are three times less under 16s in the area, the rate hasn't actually dropped. Unless the number of minors in the county for both sample years is provided it is a meaningless set of numbers. Also, if the police simply turn a blind eye and don't arrest, the number will go down as well. For all we know, there have been less arrests simply because they can't be bothered, or have more serious issues to deal with. There is nothing to compare the figure to, so half the information is missing. speedy231278
  • Score: 7

8:33am Thu 5 Jun 14

master plan says...

Really? My 13yr old was beaten up by 3 15yr olds just before Christmas and I witnessed the end of it and broke it up my son needed hospital treatment. The p*** take was when we called the police after statements and there names was taken they said they are not following up as it involved minors. If I done the same to a fellow adult I would have got a year at least!
Really? My 13yr old was beaten up by 3 15yr olds just before Christmas and I witnessed the end of it and broke it up my son needed hospital treatment. The p*** take was when we called the police after statements and there names was taken they said they are not following up as it involved minors. If I done the same to a fellow adult I would have got a year at least! master plan
  • Score: 14

8:35am Thu 5 Jun 14

canfordcherry says...

If they do the crime then they have to face the consequences.
It's down to the parents to teach right and wrong, put the emphasis back onto them.
Are the figures down because the 'crimes' they are committing are now deemed not worthy of the cost to bring it to court and so are let off with a 'don't do it again' which of course they adhere to!
If they do the crime then they have to face the consequences. It's down to the parents to teach right and wrong, put the emphasis back onto them. Are the figures down because the 'crimes' they are committing are now deemed not worthy of the cost to bring it to court and so are let off with a 'don't do it again' which of course they adhere to! canfordcherry
  • Score: 7

8:45am Thu 5 Jun 14

High Treason says...

The Howard League. Liberal luvies duvies who believe the criminals are the victims. I bet if they gave these kids a good hiding there would be fewer cases for the police to deal with.
The Howard League. Liberal luvies duvies who believe the criminals are the victims. I bet if they gave these kids a good hiding there would be fewer cases for the police to deal with. High Treason
  • Score: 1

9:20am Thu 5 Jun 14

canfordcherry says...

High Treason wrote:
The Howard League. Liberal luvies duvies who believe the criminals are the victims. I bet if they gave these kids a good hiding there would be fewer cases for the police to deal with.
Oh for the good old days when the coppers had the right to clip youngsters round the ear for minor offences.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: The Howard League. Liberal luvies duvies who believe the criminals are the victims. I bet if they gave these kids a good hiding there would be fewer cases for the police to deal with.[/p][/quote]Oh for the good old days when the coppers had the right to clip youngsters round the ear for minor offences. canfordcherry
  • Score: 4

9:51am Thu 5 Jun 14

pestremoverltd says...

Even I have to say that something is seriously wrong here? Maybe the lack of police officers, maybe just the time taken to report serious crime committed by children? Personally I see more aggression and violence by children usually created and allowed by adults in the first place. But that is no excuse for low figures, it just shows that people cant contact the police, communicate with the police and are willing to let it go.
Even I have to say that something is seriously wrong here? Maybe the lack of police officers, maybe just the time taken to report serious crime committed by children? Personally I see more aggression and violence by children usually created and allowed by adults in the first place. But that is no excuse for low figures, it just shows that people cant contact the police, communicate with the police and are willing to let it go. pestremoverltd
  • Score: 5

9:59am Thu 5 Jun 14

beachcomber1 says...

ironic that this story is next to one about a bus service being suspended due to air rifle attacks.
ironic that this story is next to one about a bus service being suspended due to air rifle attacks. beachcomber1
  • Score: 3

11:15am Thu 5 Jun 14

Azphreal says...

Isnt this the second time we have had this story in the past few weeks. FFS they even admit that they are not arresting criminals.
Isnt this the second time we have had this story in the past few weeks. FFS they even admit that they are not arresting criminals. Azphreal
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Thu 5 Jun 14

losthope says...

If the 'children' are too young to understand the consequences then their parents should be responsible for their actions and stand in the dock in their place? After all, you take the parents to court if the kids truant, don't you?

At the moment, there are too many feral youths who know that they can do what they like and nothing will happen to them because the 'justice' system cares far more about them than it does about their victims.
If the 'children' are too young to understand the consequences then their parents should be responsible for their actions and stand in the dock in their place? After all, you take the parents to court if the kids truant, don't you? At the moment, there are too many feral youths who know that they can do what they like and nothing will happen to them because the 'justice' system cares far more about them than it does about their victims. losthope
  • Score: 0

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