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Government gives £4m extra funding for ‘hotspot policing’

A police force has found that putting officers on 15-minute-long uniformed patrols in crime hotspots, at targeted times, has helped cut violent crime. Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, of Essex Police, said officers targeted 20 hotspots, each of 150 metres by 150 metres, with short, high-visibility patrols during a pilot in Southend last year. The tactic resulted in a 73.5% drop in violent crime and 31.9% fall in street crime on days when patrols visited, compared with days they did not.

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