Child Arrests in North Yorkshire Fall By 75% in Five Years
5:37am 27th May 2014
Research shows that the number of arrests in North Yorkshire dropped from 6,240 in 2008 to 1,556 in 2013.
It follows a successful Howard League campaign aimed at keeping as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system.
Police services across the country have reviewed their arrest procedures and policies as a result of the charity’s engagement with them.
However, despite this positive trend, child arrests remain all too common nationwide – a child was arrested every four minutes in England and Wales in 2013.
Last year, police in England and Wales made 129,274 arrests of children aged 17 and under. These included 1,107 arrests of children who were aged 10 or 11, meaning that on average three primary school-age children were arrested every day.
In 2013 the total number of child arrests was as high as 318,053 – equivalent to an arrest every 99 seconds.
In total, police made more than 1.3million arrests of children between January 2008 and December 2013.
Child arrest figures for North Yorkshire
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason who is Head of Crime at North Yorkshire Police, said:
"We welcome the reduction in the number of children arrested over the past six years. It is testament to the work of everyone across the criminal justice system to help prevent the criminalisation of young people.
“Sadly, there are occasions when we have to arrest a person under the age18, be that for their own safety or because they are suspected of committing a significant criminal offence against others.
“North Yorkshire Police make every effort to achieve the most positive outcome for both victims and young people in trouble.
“This approach includes actively engaging with the young person and their family and through working innovatively with partners within the criminal justice system and other agencies to maximise early intervention and prevention approaches with the aim of diverting them away from a life of crime to become responsible members of society.”
“We all have a duty of care – from parents and professionals to the wider community - to ensure our young people grow up in a nurturing and positive environment and go on to become law-abiding adults.”
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