Policing inspectorate identifies "serious concerns" about crime recording

Taking steps to deal with issues: Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick

Taking steps to deal with issues: Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE POLICING inspectorate has “serious concerns” over the way the police record crime following an interim report on 13 forces, including North Yorkshire.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) says it has “identified serious concerns about the crime recording process” after a review of how UK forces recorded crime revealed a “significant under-recording of crime” and, in some instances, serious sexual offences going unrecorded.

It identified 14 rapes across the force areas which had not been recorded.

The news comes after the Crime Survey for England and Wales appeared to show a 15 per cent overall drop in crime nationally compared with the previous year.

So far HMIC has reviewed 13 of England and Wales’ 43 forces by listening to about 8,000 telephone calls to the police to check whether they were correctly recorded. Its final report is published in October this year.

One of those forces already reviewed is North Yorkshire. HMIC found during the time analysed that the number of crimes recorded was 56 when it should have been 64. 

Greater Manchester Police were found to have recorded 265 crimes out of 388 that HMIC felt should have been recorded.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said they were still waiting for a detailed report specific to North Yorkshire Police, but had already acted upon initial feedback.

He said: “It is important to note that victims of crime have independently demonstrated, via The British Crime Survey, that North Yorkshire Police provide one of the highest standards of service in the country.

“As with any guidance issued, there is always an element of professional judgement and interpretation required in reaching a decision. Over the last couple of years there have been some very encouraging HMIC reports on crime recording in North Yorkshire.

“The most recent report in 2014 has identified issues that have already been addressed and are subject to a National Crime Recording Standards Quality and Improvement Board chaired by the Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, which meets regularly to continually review current procedures and identify ways in which to improve standards.”

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The interim HMIC report gives me cause for concern. Ensuring we record crime properly is extremely important, not only for the general public, but particularly for victims.

“Behind every statistic in this report is an individual, a victim, and I have committed to supporting those people however I can. I am confident the same desire is at the heart of North Yorkshire Police, but there are clearly some questions which need to be answered.

“North Yorkshire Police are already taking steps to deal with some of the issues, as am I.”

The HMIC said that the statistics did still show a general downward trend in crime, but went on to say the pressure to pursue national targets is likely to have contributed to the issue.

“A factor in public concern, and a probable cause for scepticism about national crime figures, is the culture in the police – as in other major government organisations – of pursuing targets and being under pressure to demonstrate good performance," it added.

The HMIC report said the consequences of not recording crime “may be severe” adding: “our system of public justice requires offenders to face the law and its sanctions, and if they escape justice not only is it denied, but more victims may be created”.

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6:45am Thu 1 May 14

tubgut says...

How long ago was it reported crime has fallen???? lies dam lies and statistics???????
How long ago was it reported crime has fallen???? lies dam lies and statistics??????? tubgut
  • Score: 3

7:47am Thu 1 May 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

"Behind every statistic is an individual victim" Nth Yorks Police is not the worst, neighbouring Police forces need placing in "Special Measures". Not just FAILING Victims rather punatively punishing victims, using Shared Data to punish victims. Please "opt out" of shared big data - with the expected Instant Magistrates"Justice Bill" all it needs is for a Magistrate, Inspector, G,P. to be a member of an infamous `Secret Society' and victims are stuffed. I speculate certain female Police Commissioners like M.T. & demised female Royalty will be members of the `Illuminati' (female masonry) creating smoke screens in agendas. e.g. if a failed victim makes any valid complaint the police watchword "Dont get mad get even" The Police are STATISTICALLY FIXATED - (1) Use a police fixated statistical psychologist to only search out a damning cognitive impairment in the target system. if it fails (2) "USE " Big/Shared Data to claim insanity by having the double victim "Sectioned". (3) If that fails send a Sgt round with a W.P.C. & handcuffs to "bear bait" & inflame the Victim with insults persuading the family to have their loved one immediately "Sectioned" as they are a danger to the Public & themselves, "DUE TO BEING VULNERABLE/DISABLED" (4) If that fails use a female with allegiances akin to their own to say as the victims application of sentence structure, syntax, T.M.I is desultory all Agencies & BIG/SHARED can be used in an M.A.A. = Multi Agency Approach to expedite a Deprivation of Liberty Order. Oh dear when that fails then what? = Desparation! There needs to be a Police Force who polices the Police Force AND THAT IS N O T the I.P.C.C. ! Be careful Big Brother is here it is called the Police.
"Behind every statistic is an individual victim" Nth Yorks Police is not the worst, neighbouring Police forces need placing in "Special Measures". Not just FAILING Victims rather punatively punishing victims, using Shared Data to punish victims. Please "opt out" of shared big data - with the expected Instant Magistrates"Justice Bill" all it needs is for a Magistrate, Inspector, G,P. to be a member of an infamous `Secret Society' and victims are stuffed. I speculate certain female Police Commissioners like M.T. & demised female Royalty will be members of the `Illuminati' (female masonry) creating smoke screens in agendas. e.g. if a failed victim makes any valid complaint the police watchword "Dont get mad get even" The Police are STATISTICALLY FIXATED - (1) Use a police fixated statistical psychologist to only search out a damning cognitive impairment in the target system. if it fails (2) "USE " Big/Shared Data to claim insanity by having the double victim "Sectioned". (3) If that fails send a Sgt round with a W.P.C. & handcuffs to "bear bait" & inflame the Victim with insults persuading the family to have their loved one immediately "Sectioned" as they are a danger to the Public & themselves, "DUE TO BEING VULNERABLE/DISABLED" (4) If that fails use a female with allegiances akin to their own to say as the victims application of sentence structure, syntax, T.M.I is desultory all Agencies & BIG/SHARED can be used in an M.A.A. = Multi Agency Approach to expedite a Deprivation of Liberty Order. Oh dear when that fails then what? = Desparation! There needs to be a Police Force who polices the Police Force AND THAT IS N O T the I.P.C.C. ! Be careful Big Brother is here it is called the Police. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 2

8:08am Thu 1 May 14

Ron Carter-Bonsteel says...

Governments and forces have always fiddled crime figures and will continue to do so. US the victims have been let down time and time again by Cleveland police and the people in charge must be held to account. We do have a lot of good coppers out there who want to do the job but must find it as frustrating as I do and don't get me on about this pathetic justice system which lets down victims time and time again. The only winners in this is the toe-rags who commit crimes after crimes and are not given a prison sentence.
Governments and forces have always fiddled crime figures and will continue to do so. US the victims have been let down time and time again by Cleveland police and the people in charge must be held to account. We do have a lot of good coppers out there who want to do the job but must find it as frustrating as I do and don't get me on about this pathetic justice system which lets down victims time and time again. The only winners in this is the toe-rags who commit crimes after crimes and are not given a prison sentence. Ron Carter-Bonsteel
  • Score: 5

11:43am Thu 1 May 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

"This pathetic justice system which lets down the victims again and again" Rightly said Ron Carter Bonsteel. The police are so fixated on attaining academic qualifications they are paucious in CBS = Competency Based Skills = Common Sense. When a police officer is so obtuse that Officer fails to understand she cannot apply as a punishment , a Section 37 indiscriminately there is something seriously wrong! The normal procedure for a Section 37 is not to assume you can SHORT CIRCUIT every avenue of justice. If I said to ex remember these 3 things "bananas are yellow, oranges are orange and Canadian red apples are red" Replies oranges are yellow apples are orange oh and what was the third? Or if I carried a weapon because voices were telling me they were all out to get me...A Section 37 may be the best thing. Even then there ought to be at least two INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL OPINIONS. etc etc but to assume you are so important you can short circuit procedure, says far more about that Police Officers reason for joining the Police Force than it says about the person they are trying to discredit. If I was e.g. a Twitcher with a Library full of bird books, obsessed with seeing a Bridal Tern that does not justify a Section 37. The Police need to get a grip and reality on life. Look after victims not doubly punish them.
"This pathetic justice system which lets down the victims again and again" Rightly said Ron Carter Bonsteel. The police are so fixated on attaining academic qualifications they are paucious in CBS = Competency Based Skills = Common Sense. When a police officer is so obtuse that Officer fails to understand she cannot apply as a punishment , a Section 37 indiscriminately there is something seriously wrong! The normal procedure for a Section 37 is not to assume you can SHORT CIRCUIT every avenue of justice. If I said to ex remember these 3 things "bananas are yellow, oranges are orange and Canadian red apples are red" Replies oranges are yellow apples are orange oh and what was the third? Or if I carried a weapon because voices were telling me they were all out to get me...A Section 37 may be the best thing. Even then there ought to be at least two INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL OPINIONS. etc etc but to assume you are so important you can short circuit procedure, says far more about that Police Officers reason for joining the Police Force than it says about the person they are trying to discredit. If I was e.g. a Twitcher with a Library full of bird books, obsessed with seeing a Bridal Tern that does not justify a Section 37. The Police need to get a grip and reality on life. Look after victims not doubly punish them. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 3

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