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“Force must put the victim at the heart of decision-making”

HMIC 001West Yorkshire police has been told it must improve its crime recording practices after it was found to have “failed to put the victim at the heart of decision-making” by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The force was examined along with other forces as part of the most extensive inspection HMIC has ever undertaken into crime data integrity.

The report found: “We found evidence in some parts of the force of an, investigate-to-record ethos

in cases involving priority crime. In such cases, the decision to record a crime was not made until an initial investigation had taken place and the circumstances reported to a local supervisor or investigator who reviews, and effectively authorises, the recording of certain crime types.”

This approach is in direct contravention of the National Crime Recording Standard, HMIC said, demonstrating “a failure to put the victim at the heart of decision-making and giving rise to the potential for local performance pressures to affect the integrity of crime-recording decisions.”

It said the force must take immediate steps to ensure all staff took an ethical approach to crime recoding.

See more about the report here.

Date posted: September 25, 2014

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