"Serious concerns" about crime figures

Essex County Standard: "Serious concerns" about crime figures "Serious concerns" about crime figures

CRIME recording in Essex is among the best in the country, a report has revealed.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has reviewed samples from 13 forces to find out if police are fiddling the figures.

It looked at how often crimes were being reported, but not recorded, how often they were being classified incorrectly and how often officers marked calls down as “no crime”.

Essex Police had the second best record with one in 12 crimes reported not being recorded and five out of 73 calls marked as no crime incorrectly.

It was only beaten by Gwent Police.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “Public confidence in what we do sits at the heart of what Essex Police stand for.”

When the 13 forces reviewed are considered as a whole, the results were abysmal, with 14 rapes being ignored out of the national sample.

The report states: “We are seriously concerned at the picture which is emerging.

“It is difficult to conclude none of the failures was the result of discreditable or unethical behaviour.

“The failure rate was too high.”

It says problems with police forces include weak or absent management, inadequate training, pressures of workload and deliberate fixing.

Nick Alston, Essex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The inspection found crime is largely recorded accurately and ethically in Essex.

“Across the 13 forces inspected, the implication drawn is 20 per cent of crimes may be going unrecorded.

“I agree this is a matter of serious concern.”

The report comes after whistleblower and Met PC James Patrick, from Brightlingsea, made his concerns public about his force fiddling figures.

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9:26am Thu 1 May 14

wormshero says...

They can claim that it's one of the best, but 1/12 reported crimes being ignored is definitely not something to be proud of.
They can claim that it's one of the best, but 1/12 reported crimes being ignored is definitely not something to be proud of. wormshero
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9:45am Thu 1 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Introducing 101 to report minor crimes an incidents is by far the best tool the police have in reducing their reported crime figures. 101 doesn't work!

Even when the police are challenged about why they didn't follow up on a 101 call the stock answer is they have no record of the call being made.
Introducing 101 to report minor crimes an incidents is by far the best tool the police have in reducing their reported crime figures. 101 doesn't work! Even when the police are challenged about why they didn't follow up on a 101 call the stock answer is they have no record of the call being made. Say It As It Is OK?
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11:09am Thu 1 May 14

totallyfootball says...

Having heard that over 900,000 crimes have gone unreported I find it hard to believe anything that passes the lips of the police!
Having heard that over 900,000 crimes have gone unreported I find it hard to believe anything that passes the lips of the police! totallyfootball
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12:23pm Thu 1 May 14

Smouldering Ewok says...

So, it is the same story here as it is for all front line services.
Don't blame them, blame the cutbacks set out by our ignorant Government.
Our police, nurses/paramedics and all have to achieve the impossible under intense pressure and impossible targets.
They have had to save major amounts of money and everyone has suffered as a result of these cutbacks.
Thousands no tens of thousands, maybe 100's of thousands of people are now out of work, that may have been a police officer or nurse or fireman etc......
Still they tell us Crime is down, unemployment figures are down, the economy is improving, i'm sorry but i don't believe a word of it.
Our Industry dried up and we were made into a Capitalist Society, our disposable income now goes on more important bills and items such as food and keeping warm when winter arrives.
The Government falsifies figures on a regular basis and then informs us through a costly inspectorate that our schools,police,ambul
ance service,Hospitals etc are guilty of being under achievers and not hitting performance levels or that they are doing well but may be guilty of cooking the books.
This is only the tip of the iceberg.
We have the Coalition to thank for these "serious concerns" and no one else.
So, it is the same story here as it is for all front line services. Don't blame them, blame the cutbacks set out by our ignorant Government. Our police, nurses/paramedics and all have to achieve the impossible under intense pressure and impossible targets. They have had to save major amounts of money and everyone has suffered as a result of these cutbacks. Thousands no tens of thousands, maybe 100's of thousands of people are now out of work, that may have been a police officer or nurse or fireman etc...... Still they tell us Crime is down, unemployment figures are down, the economy is improving, i'm sorry but i don't believe a word of it. Our Industry dried up and we were made into a Capitalist Society, our disposable income now goes on more important bills and items such as food and keeping warm when winter arrives. The Government falsifies figures on a regular basis and then informs us through a costly inspectorate that our schools,police,ambul ance service,Hospitals etc are guilty of being under achievers and not hitting performance levels or that they are doing well but may be guilty of cooking the books. This is only the tip of the iceberg. We have the Coalition to thank for these "serious concerns" and no one else. Smouldering Ewok
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