Watchdog finds police failing to record crimes

Tim Madgwick

Tim Madgwick

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A WATCHDOG has criticised the recording of crime by a number of police forces including North Yorkshire.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, issuing an interim report following an inspection of the 13 forces, said it had found weak or absent management and supervision of crime-recording, and significant under-recording of crime.

It said it also found serious sexual offences not being recorded, and some offenders having been issued with out-of-court disposals when their offending history could not justify it.

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, said the accuracy and integrity of police-recorded crime data was vital to public trust in the police.

North Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said the force was awaiting a detailed report specific to it. "However, we have already acted upon the initial feedback to ensure we continue to improve on the services we provide," he said.

“North Yorkshire Police operates a robust and ethical system of crime recording, which is subject to a high level of scrutiny to ensure it meets the standards set out by the Home Office."

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said the report gave her cause for concern and she would be speaking to the Chief Constable urgently to ensuring the necessary steps were being undertaken to resolve any under-recording of crime.

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2:52pm Thu 1 May 14

Sillybillies says...

Makes a nonsense of this boast -
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For the full story see here -
http://www.hmic.gov.
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Makes a nonsense of this boast - http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/ryedale/ 11172309.Crime_falls _in_North_Yorkshire/ For the full story see here - http://www.hmic.gov. uk/news/news-feed/cr ime-recording-a-matt er-of-fact-interim-r eport/ Sillybillies
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3:09pm Thu 1 May 14

Dick Turpin says...

Disciplinary action against someone who hasnt carried out his duties correctly?
Disciplinary action against someone who hasnt carried out his duties correctly? Dick Turpin
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6:34pm Thu 1 May 14

CHISSY1 says...

Understaffed and overworked and we all know who is to blame.
Understaffed and overworked and we all know who is to blame. CHISSY1
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7:32pm Thu 1 May 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

And what about all the crime that isn't even reported to the police due to a lack in confidence that anything will be done. It's also often less traumatic to stand the loss of a theft rather than go through the red tape and quizzing involved in getting a crime number for an insurance claim, where more quizzing and paperwork and hassle ensues.

The claims that crime figures are 'down' is laughable.
And what about all the crime that isn't even reported to the police due to a lack in confidence that anything will be done. It's also often less traumatic to stand the loss of a theft rather than go through the red tape and quizzing involved in getting a crime number for an insurance claim, where more quizzing and paperwork and hassle ensues. The claims that crime figures are 'down' is laughable. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: -15

11:10pm Thu 1 May 14

ian923 says...

I think the report also criticises lack of investigation and poor investigations. In my experience this is justified .
I think the report also criticises lack of investigation and poor investigations. In my experience this is justified . ian923
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