Police offer assurances over crime figures

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, May 1, 2014

 

SERIOUS concerns about the accuracy of crime figures have been raised following a report that found many crimes were not being recorded by police, prompting reassurances from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police.

The report into 13 forces, published today (Thursday) by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), found up to 20 per cent of crimes were not recorded by police.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police was not among the forces to be featured the report, however HMIC is carrying out research into the way all forces record crime and is due to publish those findings in the future.

A police spokesman said: "We place victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do in policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and the public expect us to uphold the highest standards.

"Hampshire Constabulary has already established a dedicated audit team to help ensure we comply with standards of crime recording. The force conducts regular routine checks of our data to identify and resolve any issues promptly.

"Hampshire is not among the forces inspected in today's report. However, we welcome opportunities to work with the HMIC to continually maintain and improve all standards of crime recording and investigation as part of our commitment to care for victims."

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