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Crime: Bedfordshire

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets were put in place on the rate of convictions to criminal offences in Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (124511)

No targets have been set for the rate of convictions to criminal offences.

Bedfordshire has a target to bring 13,045 offences to justice in 2006-07, and a target to bring 13,579 offences to justice in 2007-08.

Each Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) has a target to increase the number of offences brought to justice (OBTJ). An offence is said to have been brought to justice when a recorded crime results in an offender being convicted, cautioned, issued with a penalty notice for disorder or a formal warning for possession of cannabis, or having an offence taken into consideration.

LCJB targets for numbers of OBTJ have been set each year since 2001. The performance by Bedfordshire is given in the following table.

The number of offences brought to justice (OBTJ) in Bedfordshire, 2001-02 to September 20061,2,3

Number of OBTJ

Achieved

Target

2001-02

11,100

111,140

2002-03

11,900

11,140

2003-04

10,800

11,697

2004-05

12,400

12,271

2005-06

13,600

13,045

20064

13,631

213,045

1 Baseline (excluding 825/90 offences).

2 To end 2006-07.

3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

4 Year to September.

Source:

RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform