Derbyshire Constabulary: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2018 (9424)

Cause of concern

In Derbyshire Constabulary, officers and staff are failing to make correct crime-recording decisions at the first opportunity. This is due to deficiencies in the force’s crime-recording processes, insufficient understanding of crime-recording requirements and limited supervision to correct decisions and improve standards from the outset. This means that the force is letting down many victims of crime.The force is failing to make sure it adequately records all reports of rape, sexual and violence offences, domestic abuse crimes and crimes reported directly to its public protection departments.

Recommendations

The force should immediately:take steps as part of its improvement plan to address gaps in its systems and processes for identifying and recording all reports of crime;make sure that every time a domestic abuse crime is reported, the incident is categorised as a crime from the outset rather than being noted on a DOMA form without creating a crime record; andmake sure that when reports of crime involving vulnerable adults and children are received from other agencies or disclosed during investigation, they are recorded as crimes at the point of reporting.

Within three months, the force should:

improve its recording practices for reports of rape and ensure it uses classification N100 correctly;review its crime management unit (CMU) arrangements and take the necessary action to satisfy itself that these are effective;develop and implement procedures for effectively supervising crime-recording decisions throughout the whole force, including within its FOR; and put in place arrangements to make sure that when more than one crime is disclosed within an incident record, or is identified as part of other recorded crime investigations, these are recorded as soon as possible.

Within six months, the force should:

design and provide training for officers who make crime-recording decisions. This should include training about:

  • the amount of information required to make a crime-recording decision;
  • the expectation that reported crime is recorded as soon as sufficient information exists to do so, which in most cases will be at the point of report;
  • the importance of believing the first account of the victim;
  • the proper use of classification N100 for reports of rape;
  • how to correctly record rape crimes involving multiple offenders;
  • the additional verifiable information (AVI) required to make crime cancellation decisions;
  • how to correctly record crimes reported by third parties, in particular those reported by professional third parties; and
  • offences involving malicious communications, harassment, common assault and coercive and controlling behaviour.

[on]7th March 2019 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on]