Suffolk’s new task force in response to report on police recording

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Suffolk Police are setting up a task force in response to findings from an investigation into the integrity of police-recorded crime.

Following an inspection into the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data - carried out between December 2013 and August 2014 - Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found ‘wholly unacceptable’ failures.

The damning report, published this week, found police nationally were failing to record one in five of all crimes reported, leaving more than 800,000 unrecorded each year, of which a third are violent crimes and 26 per cent are sexual offences.

Of those that should have been recorded, investigators found 35 of 127 crimes in Suffolk left unrecorded, while in Norfolk they found failures in recording 17 of 109 crimes.

The accuracy of both forces in recording crimes reported to their call-handling centres places them in the top 15 nationally.

For crimes within reports recorded on ‘other standalone IT systems, including those reported directly to specialist departments’, Suffolk ranked in the bottom three while Norfolk fared better, making the top 14.

Suffolk Police say they are taking the report ‘extremely seriously’ and are ‘determined’ to improve.

A spokesman said: “Looking ahead, assistant chief constable David Skevington will be forming a task force to both implement the recommendations contained in the report and further explore how we can improve our performance in this area.”

Norfolk’s deputy chief constable Charlie Hall said: “We are confident that, in the majority of cases, our officers are dealing with reported crimes appropriately and providing a high quality of service to victims. We will continue our work to achieve greater consistency in crime recording compliance which we are confident has improved since our inspection.”