Police chiefs in Nottinghamshire have vowed to improve when it comes to recording crime after a national report slammed forces across the country.
The report, published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, shows that 12 per cent of crimes were recorded incorrectly by Nottinghamshire Police in samples taken from the period between November 2012 and October 2013.
This works out as 18 out of 122 of crimes in the sample being incorrectly recorded.
The HMIC findings also show that police across the country fail to record more than 880,000 crimes a year, including one in four sex offences and a third of violent crime.
Nottinghamshire Police fares better than the national average for reporting crime, which stands at 81 per cent, with an average of 88 per cent.
Despite this, police chiefs in the county say they are determined to improve.
Responding to the report’s findings, Nottinghamshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Steve Jupp, said that he will ensure that his officers and staff record every single crime accurately.
“We take crime recording seriously. We have trained our staff and empowered them to get it right. But we are not stopping there.
“I am determined to ensure we record crimes 100 per cent accurately so that victims of crime get the best service possible.”
Also commenting on the report’s findings, Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said that he welcomed the independent check of the way crime is recorded and he will continue to monitor compliance in the future.
“Clearly improvements have been made in Nottinghamshire over the last year, which is something that I have pushed for.
“It’s really important that crime is recorded accurately and that every force uses the same classifications, so that we can compare like with like when it comes to crime trends.
After publishing the report, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, launched a scathing attack on forces across the country, branding a national crime-recording rate of 81 per cent as inexcusably poor.
“The first duty of the police is to protect the public and reduce crime. Failure properly to record crime is indefensible. This is not about numbers and dry statistics; it’s about victims and the protection of the public.”