MORE than 9,000 fewer crimes were committed in West Yorkshire over the last year.
The 3.6% drop in the figures makes the county one of the better performing ones nationwide.
Performance assessments published yesterday by the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary show how the West Yorkshire force is rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ in most categories.
The major reductions for the figures for the year ending in April this year are in violent crime and theft from motor vehicles.
The force was ranked as ‘excellent’ in the category of serious crime and public protection and is cited as being a leader in tackling anti-social behaviour.
The force’s Homicide And Major Enquiry Team has investigated 44 recorded homicides in the year to April 2007 – and 40 of them have already been successfully detected.
West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison said: “These results are testament to the effort that is being made each day across our divisions and departments. Good performance doesn’t happen by accident, particularly during a time of transformation and change.’’
West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman Clr Mark Burns-Williamson added: “These results confirm West Yorkshire Police as one of the best forces in the country. Police performance is often judged solely on the basis of crime statistics.
“These results shed a light on many essential aspects of policing that otherwise aren’t assessed. They show we have strength in depth.’’
West Yorkshire Police received a national award for excellence in financial investigation and has been leading the development of regional responses to counter-terrorism and serious and organised crime.