Response to HMIC Crime Integrity Report

By Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill

I welcome the report from her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which has recently conducted an inspection into the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data.

Since being elected as Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, I have focused on raising crime recording standards and continue to hold the Force to account for its performance in this area. I conduct a monthly strategic performance group and as a result various reports have been challenged and improvement plans commissioned.

I am pleased to see areas where the Force has been commended. HMIC recognises the excellent work of the Dorset Victims Bureau and the effective approach to crime recording through the centralised crime recording unit. As the report finds, on inspection of this unit all calls were recorded correctly. I welcome this.

However, I also recognise that there are some important areas in the report which are not so positive. I am concerned by some inconsistencies with regard to overall crime recording. I will be seeking assurances from Dorset Police to tackle these issues. I welcome HMIC recommendations to immediately put in place audit arrangements, with particular attention being directed to those involving vulnerable adults and children, along with establishing training in crime recording to all police officers and staff within six months.

I have written to the Chief Constable asking for an urgent response to some of the issues raised in this report and for an assurance that the immediate recommendations will be implemented as soon as practicable”

My office will continue to work with the force to provide support and challenge to ensure that we are achieving our overall objective to keep the people of Dorset safe and to reduce crime.

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