Lincolnshire Police: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2018 (8945)

Cause of concern

Lincolnshire Police officers and staff too often 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 the decisions of officers and staff and improve standards from the outset. This means the force is letting down many victims of crime.The force is failing to ensure it properly records all crimes of rape and all crimes of violence, including domestic abuse crimes and crimes reported directly to its public protection department.

Recommendations

The force should immediately:

take steps to identify and address gaps in its systems and processes for identifying and recording all reports of crime;ensure that on all occasions when a domestic abuse crime is reported, the incident is categorised as a crime from the outset rather than as a domestic incident; andensure that all crimes reported within public protection units are recorded at the point where sufficient information exists to create the crime.

Within three months the force should:

develop and implement procedures for the effective supervision of crime-recording decisions throughout the whole force;put in place arrangements to ensure that where more than one crime is disclosed within an incident record, or is identified as part of other recorded crime investigations, these are recorded; andensure sufficient audit capacity and capability is available to the force crime and incident registrar (FCIR) to provide reassurance that the force is identifying and managing any gaps in its crime-recording accuracy. This is particularly important for reports of crime involving vulnerable victims and those crimes where the risk to the victim is greatest, such as rape and violence.

Within six months, the force should:

design and provide training for all staff and officers who make crime-recording decisions. This should include: the extent of the information required 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 first report; andoffences involving malicious communications, harassment and common assault.

[on]17th July 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on]