1 police officer for every 14,000 residents
Shocking figures reveal a lack of police officers on duty at night, as crime is at an all-time high.
A report has revealed that only a few dozen police constables are able to respond to emergencies in some parts of the country, which often span rural areas covering hundreds of miles.
Even in larger densely-populated urban areas the police cover is thin, especially after dark, with as many as 14,000 residents being served by a single officer. This figure has risen sharply since 2013, when it was reported that there was a ration of 1 officer for every 420 people in the country.
The alarming new statistics, released under the Freedom of Information Act, have shown that there were 4,661 response officers working on the night shift across 27 of the 43 forces in England and Wales on one Saturday in April.
Greater Manchester police had 193 response officers on duty across its 11 divisions on the same Saturday night for a population of 2,756,162 people. This means that there was only one officer for every 14,281 across the district which is a notorious hotspot for gang crime.
The country’s biggest force, the London Metropolitan, had 763 officers covering 8.67 million people – a ratio of one officer per 11,368 residents.
The majority of crimes take place under the cover of darkness, with 80% of car thefts, 75% of robberies, and more than half of violent offences being committed between the hours of 6pm and 6am.
*Sources: express.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, change.org, telegraph.co.uk.