We’re Here – where you need us, when you need us Date published: 29th July 2015 12am

Simon Byrne | Chief Constable

I am the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary. I want to use this blog to provide information on the latest goings-on and provide updates on the future direction of policing in the county

In recent days there have been reports in the media that victims of crime should not expect the police to attend for incidents such as burglary, I would like to reassure local people that this is not the case here in Cheshire.

Cheshire Constabulary has attended over 96% of all domestic burglaries over the past twelve months – with demonstrable success.

We have also increased our crime detection rates, whilst also maintaining our customer satisfaction levels.

This is all part of our ‘We’re Here’ commitments, in which we commit to attend all cases of reported crime at a time that is convenient for the victim.

This morning alone (29) our officers worked alongside North Wales Police to target burglars who have been preying on vulnerable communities across the county removing nine criminals from our streets.

Our recent success with Operation Hatay, has resulted in the arrest of more than 1,000 criminals who were attempting to evade justice.

Meanwhile, we have also launched Operation Shield, where we have worked with members of the public and businesses to use forensic marking in their homes and premises across the county, both to protect property and identify those involved in their theft through hi-tech forensic markings.

Complex crime is increasing, and our specialist teams have been strengthened to enable us to respond to issues including domestic violence, child sexual exploitation and online crime. But we’re also committed to maintaining local policing, working closely with the public to tackle the issues that matter to them. This commitment has led to 130 officers returning to the front line this year, who will be joined by 53 new recruits in this financial year.

Cheshire Constabulary is committed to tackling all forms of criminality, including burglary, and we’re proud that Cheshire is seeing crime rates at levels not seen for twenty years, and the level of victim-based crime is the lowest in a generation and still falling.