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Responding to today’s Crime Survey for England and Wales, Crime Prevention minister Jeremy Browne, said: ‘Crime continues to fall under this government, down eight per cent in the year ending September 2012 according to the latest Crime Survey, and is now at the lowest level since the survey began.
‘Police reform is working. We have swept away central targets, reduced bureaucracy and these figures show forces are rising to the challenge of doing more with less. Many have achieved significant reductions in crime with reduced budgets.
‘We are improving the relationship between the police and the public through the introduction of police and crime commissioners, giving the public a direct say in local policing for the first time, and we have established the College of Policing to enhance police professionalism and set the highest standards of integrity.’