If you have been watching the news you will see a great deal is going on concerning a national increase of 20,000 police officers. I want to update you on what I know and what this means. Before I do that a few other things.
Firstly, a huge thank you for the brilliant work over July. More detail here, but there is considerable reduction in outstanding calls to what we have seen over the last two years. We are no less busy but the impact of strong planning, escalation policies, more mobility, banded shifts, new control rooms shifts, webchat and general grip and hard work has resulted in much greater control.
Operationally we are starting to see a shift in the right direction on crimes like burglary. More work is needed still on robbery and violence but we have seen less high profile serious violence in the last few weeks. August will keep on testing us but we are definitely in a stronger place than last year. Thank you.