Need for more information

PUBLISHED: 09:48 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:23 15 June 2010

RECENTLY, I asked if the police could inform Honiton Town Council of the outcomes of crimes recorded, ie taken to court, cautioned, given a fixed penalty, etc, without having to divulge names.

RECENTLY, I asked if the police could inform Honiton Town Council of the outcomes of crimes recorded, ie taken to court, cautioned, given a fixed penalty, etc, without having to divulge names. You report a police officer stating this would be "unrealistic" (Herald April 15).I understand the Home Office requires this information. For example, the police authority reported issuing 22,000 cautions and fixed penalty notices, many of which were not paid. (It is the Magistrates' Association that has raised concerns about this trend.)As the figures are known, someone must know how many were issued in Honiton.Is it "unrealistic" for the council to receive from the police an occasional, perhaps annual, report of these and other outcomes to go with the crime figures they already collect? Since the police are always wanting public co-operation, is there some other reason they seem unwilling to provide this information? Perhaps the community safety event at St Rita's on April 29 could provide the answer?As I stated, what actually happens to those "brought to justice" will surely provide a more informed picture of our local police and justice system than simple crime figures alone.TONY SIMPSONAshleigh Road, Honiton


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