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A Fifth of Police Forces Fail on Crime Reporting

Magazine article Public Finance

A Fifth of Police Forces Fail on Crime Reporting

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Police forces were this week urged to continue to improve their crime recording practices after auditors identified areas of concern.

The Audit Commission and the Wales Audit Office examined how well the 43 English and Welsh police forces have recorded crime data over the past three years.

Their report, Crime recording 2005, published on June 29, found that one-fifth of forces failed to meet the minimum requirements set out by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Two forces - Avon & Somerset and Hampshire - are rated poor for their management arrangements to maintain and improve compliance with crime-recording standards. Their performance, along with Dorset's, has deteriorated since they were last reviewed.

A further 18 forces failed to improve over the course of 2OO5. Just one force - Northumbria achieved an 'excellent' rating for its management arrangements. …

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