Police fail to record one in three crimes, says new report
and Somerset Police says improvements are on the way after it
was revealed this week that the force is the third worst at recording
crime in the country.
in Avon and Somerset fail to log 33% of offences, says the
new study published here by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary,
even though the national average is 19%.
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary says that nationwide hundreds
of thousands of victims are denied justice by "inexcusably
poor" crime recording.
added: "The first duty of the police is to protect the public
and reduce crime. This is not about numbers and dry statistics;
it's about victims and the protection of the public."
and Somersets Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, pictured
right, said: "We
have been working to address the issues identified in the report
since we agreed to participate in the pre-inspection process over
12 months ago," he said.
the midst of the HMICs findings, they found no evidence
that officers and staff felt pressured to act unethically or inappropriately."
addressing the recommendations in this report, Avon and Somerset
Constabulary will be focusing on the systems and processes which
support the recording of crime alongside addressing the culture
and values of the service to provide the best possible service
to the public."
am confident that we have begun to put in place the necessary
actions to deliver the required changes and expect a significant
improvement in performance over the next six months."
report says that around 50% of the police forces across England
and Wales have made errors in recording rapes, while 800,000 offences,
including a third of violent crimes, are not logged across the
UK. It also states that almost a million 999 calls are ignored
annually across the country.