THE number of arrests made by police in the county has dropped despite an increase in recorded crime.
Hampshire police officers made 14 per cent fewer arrests in 2014/15 than the year before.
But crime has increased by 18 per cent to 121,250 police-recorded crimes.
The Home Office report also showed Sussex police’s arrests were 26 per cent lower than the previous year.
Crime was up by eight per cent over the same period.
Chief Inspector Steve Curry, from Sussex, said: ‘The figures are a little bit misleading in the way they are presented.
‘The reason there appears to be such a difference between the fall in arrests between 2014/15 and previous years is because we now include offences which were not previously requested by the Home Office.
‘There is no doubt we are still making a significant number of arrests; the key thing is we are arresting people where appropriate.’
The Police Federation for England and Wales said there was a lack of police resources.