Police force ‘failed to properly record’ one in five reported crimes – including rape and sexual assaults | London


A major police force failed to properly record one in five crimes reported to it – including rape and sexual assaults, reveals a new report.

More than 35,000 crimes reported to Thames Valley Police a year – including assaults and rapes – are not being properly recorded.

The damning report, published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, brands the force ‘inadequate’ in terms of its accuracy when recording crimes and says many victims are being let down.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said the report makes for ‘unwelcome reading’ and said a number of steps would be taken to address the concerns.

I am disappointed with the quality of crime recording in Thames Valley.

Although the force has implemented the recommendations from our previous crime recording inspection in 2014, we found that almost one in five crimes in Thames Valley are not being recorded properly – that equates to approximately 35,200 crimes a year.

I am satisfied that the force works very hard to ensure that victims of crime, especially vulnerable victims, are safeguarded.

It now needs to ensure that it records crimes at the earliest opportunity, and that there is proper supervision of crime recording decisions.

– Inspector Zoë Billingham, Thames Valley Police

The force, which covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, records around 80 per cent of crimes reported to it – but thousands of crimes each year go unrecorded.

Inspectors found that 13,900 (30.8 per cent) reports of violent crime and 490 (9.8 per cent) reports of sex offences go unrecorded each year.

They also examined 53 vulnerable victim records. Of those they found that 20 should have been recorded and only nine had been. The missing eleven crimes included offences against children as well as adults.

The report says the force must promptly improve upon its accuracy when recording and provide victims with the ‘service they deserve’.

This report makes for unwelcome reading, especially for a force that performs so well when measured in terms of our effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy.

We accept the findings and will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that we address their concerns.

– Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell, Thames Valley Police

Police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley Anthony Stansfeld is currently on leave.

His deputy, Matthew Barber, added:

I am disappointed with the findings of the data integrity report.

Clearly, there is work that needs to be done by Thames Valley Police to improve the level and accuracy of crime recording.

– Matthew Barber, Deputy Police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley



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