The Home Office have today published statistical data on arrests for notifiable offences across England and Wales for 2010/11. In the face of rising crime, one would have expected an increase in arrests but in fact the opposite is true, where the number of arrests in North Wales Police area has plummeted by a whopping 14% or in real numbers by 3,125 arrests, from 22,014 in 2009/10 to 18,889 in 2010/11.
This is not reflected across Wales, with a much smaller decrease in South Wales and Gwent and even a small increase of 2% in arrests in Dyfed Powys Police areas.
I don't suppose we need to remind Conservatives and Liberal Democrat politicians in Wales that you can't make drastic cuts to budgets without affecting the force's capability to fight crime.
On the other hand perhaps there is a need to investigate why arrests in North Wales have plummeted compared to other Welsh Police forces. Was it because North Wales Police reorganisation 12 months ago was an unmitigated disaster or are there other reasons?
Perhaps our Police Commissioner candidates could make their views known.