Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unrecorded Crimes a Big Concern for Watchdog

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unrecorded Crimes a Big Concern for Watchdog

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

POLICE watchdogs have raised serious concerns about the number of crimes not recorded by Northumbria Police.

In its annual assessment of the state of policing in England and Wales, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said it was seriously concerned that a "notable proportion of reports of crime" were not being recorded in the Northumbria force area.

Inspector of Constabulary Michael Cunningham said he had "serious concerns" about the force's "approach to crime-recording, which is not as accurate as it could be".

Inspectors also said Northumbria Police needed to take action to improve and provide the public with confidence in the force's crime data.

However the report went on to say that despite Northumbria Police being hit with some of the worst cuts in the country, it had reduced crimes and maintained high levels of victim satisfaction.

In a spending review the force identi-fied that it needed to save PS91.9m over four years.

Inspectors said that the standard of investigations reviewed by HMIC was good and the force has effective arrangements in place to deliver further improvement.

However, it needed to do more to learn from what works in crime-fighting and crime prevention tactics.

Inspectors also said that officers were, in general, good at reducing crime and preventing offending, good at investigating offending and outstanding at tack-ing tackling anti-social behaviour.

The findings come as investigations into more than 50 reported rapes have now been reopened after they were incorrectly dropped by the detectives that first dealt with them.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: "The assessment also highlights concerns around crime recording and the 'nocriming' of some rapes. …

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