Lancashire Police Have Improved The Way The Constabulary Records Crime

Lancashire Police have been delighted with improvements that have now graded the force as ‘good’.

In 2017 the Constabulary was inspected by the HMICFRS who found that the way we recorded crime was inadequate and had left over 20,000 victims of crime without the appropriate access to support.

In a re-inspection report published today (Thursday, May 16th) the inspectors found Lancashire Constabulary has significantly improved our crime-recording arrangements and is now graded as ‘good’. In particular they found we have:

– improved overall crime recording;

– substantially improved recording standards for violent
crime;

– maintained a good level of recording accuracy for reported
sexual offences;

Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin said, ‘I’m really pleased with the findings of the report which recognises the huge amount of hard work our officers and staff have done to improve what we do to record crimes – and by doing so support victims, one of the most important things we do as a police force.

‘After the 2017 inspection, we knew that we were not providing the service for victims that the people of Lancashire deserve. Since then the Constabulary has focussed more than ever on the importance of crime recording from a victim’s perspective. Getting crime recording right builds trust and confidence across the communities that we look after.

‘Every time we receive a report of crime having taken place in Lancashire, it is vitally important that we record it. Firstly to ensure that victims of crime get access to the right support they need and secondly, so that we can fully understand the nature and types of crimes that take place in Lancashire and provide the right service to those who need it.’

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added, ‘This is a fantastic achievement by Lancashire Constabulary which is testament to the considerable work has been undertaken to improve how the force record crime and support victims.

‘Following the initial report I have worked with the Chief Constable to ensure the inspectorate’s recommendations were addressed and I’m pleased that the additional resources we have invested into scrutinising and improve crime-recording decision making and data quality have been recognised.

‘Effective crime recording is vital to ensure victims of crime receive the service they deserve and that the most vulnerable people in society are being safeguarded. It also enables us to prioritise effective investigation of crime and inform the public of the scale, scope and risk of crime in Lancashire.

‘I will continue to scrutinise this important area of work and can assure residents that Lancashire Police remains fully focused on responding to and investigating crimes, with an improved targeting capability to help neighbourhood officers tackle offenders causing the most concern to local communities.’

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