Annual Report highlights reduction in crime and increase in officers


Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer has published his latest Annual Report providing an update on his Police and Crime Plan and other public priorities, with figures showing Cheshire was one of just eight areas in England and Wales where crime fell in 2022/23.

Alongside Cheshire's reduction in crime of 4% - compared to a national average increase of 4.5% - 2022/23 also saw the number of police officers in Cheshire reach 2,361, the highest number since the 1970s.

129 officers were reallocated to priority roles, which has helped to improve incident response times and arrest rates, and support Cheshire Constabulary's community policing model, as well as its response to serious and organised crime.

There was also further investment in 82 additional police staff. Many of these were in the Force Control Centre (FCC), helping lead to a reduction in call abandonment rates and improved answering times for 101 and 999 calls.

The ability to hire more FCC staff to improve the service comes from a 6.4% rise in the police precept.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said "My last annual report showed how the groundwork was being laid for significant improvements to our police service, and this latest report shows how those seeds are now bearing fruit.

"People expect a contactable, responsive and proactive police service. With crime down, more officers, more arrests and better call handling and incident response times, the past year has seen improvements on all of those priorities.

"Where there is good news it needs to be shared far and wide. That's how we can improve public confidence in policing. However as your Commissioner I am committed to a relentless focus on areas where I know there is more work to be done, particularly around visibility and the public perception of some crimes. I look forward to being able to report on even more progress in future."

In 2022/23 the Commissioner's office also secured over £5 million in funding on top of the general policing budget to support the Constabulary's Safer Streets campaign, as well as programmes to support victims of domestic abuse and change the behaviour of perpetrators.

John Dwyer added "We all know about the financial pressures on public services and in wider society, so I'm keen to secure every bit of extra funding I can to prevent and tackle crime and support victims.

"In 2022/23 my office secured £5.3 million – that's over five times the cost of my office – for initiatives that have helped to locate high-risk missing people, improve people's safety at night, and support victims throughout the criminal justice process.

"I'm determined to carry on securing consistently high levels of extra funding and provide added value to our police service for the benefit of the public."

Police and Crime Commissioners are required to publish an Annual Report on progress against the Police and Crime Plan each year. To read the 2022/23 Annual Report, visit: