HUMBERSIDE: Incidents of Humberside Police arresting children have fallen 76 per cent in the last six years according to new figures that have been released.
The Howard League for Penal Reform has revealed today (Monday, August 7) that there has been a massive drop in cases where children under the age of 17 are arrested.
In 2010, 5,751 children were arrested by the force, however the charity’s new research has shown that only 1,409 children were taken into custody last year.
Across England and Wales, the total number of arrests has fallen by 64 per cent in six years – from almost 250,000 in 2010 to 87,525 in 2016.
Humberside Police Chief Inspector, Andrew Maultby, said: “Sometimes young people make mistakes and prosecuting them through the criminal justice system may not necessarily be the best course of action.
“In fact working with young people to challenge them and address the causes of their behaviour is more likely to reduce re-offending and be far more effective than traditional criminal justice processes.
“It’s not about avoiding the arrest of criminals, but working with our partners to determine the trigger points for offences by children and to determine the most proportional response.
“By engaging with young offenders at an early stage to tackle behaviour and put pathways in place, we can help prevent repeat offending and reduce the number of future victims by nipping criminal behaviour in the bud.”
Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “For the sixth year running we have seen a significant reduction in child arrests across the country.
“This is a tremendous achievement, and we will continue to support police forces to develop their good practice and reduce the number to an absolute minimum.
“By working together, we are ensuring that tens of thousands of children will have a brighter future and not be dragged into a downward spiral of crime and custody.”