North Yorkshire Police: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2017 (8552)

Cause of concernIn North Yorkshire Police, officers and staff, in some cases, fail 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.

The force is failing to ensure it records all reports of rape, other sexual offences and violence, including domestic abuse crimes and crimes reported directly to its public protection departments.

•Within six months, the force should design and provide training for all staff that make crime-recording decisions. This should include training on: ◦the information needed for a crime-recording decision to be made;◦the expectation that reported crime is recorded at the first point that sufficient information exists to record a crime, which in most cases will be at the point of report;◦the importance, for the purpose of making a crime-recording decision, of believing the first account of the victim, particularly with regard to domestic abuse incidents;◦the correct application of incident types when opening and closing an incident record in Storm;◦the recording of rape crimes, particularly where the victim suffers from mental health problems or the victim or suspect are under the age of 13; and the proper use of classification N100 for reports of rape; ◦incidents involving multiple crime records, particularly those reported during an on-going investigation into a previously recorded crime; ◦malicious communications, harassment, common assault, public order offences and offences of make, take or distribute indecent images of children; and ◦the additional verifiable information required in order to make crime-cancellation decisions.

[on]15th February 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]24th August 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]24th August 2018 [comment]

The force has kept this under review through the CDI Improvement Board. A review of crime recording training undertaken by the force revealed that there is little CDI relating training being delivered. Discussion is continuing in order that the training is considered by the force. A training plan is being developed and will be considered by the Board in August 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]21st June 2019 [comment]

Awaiting re-inspection outcome