Humberside Police makes ‘good progress’ on crime recording, but more improvements required

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has today published an assessment on the accuracy of crime recording in Humberside Police, which found that the force properly records around 85 percent of crimes reported to it.

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Humberside Police: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2018

HMICFRS previously inspected the accuracy of crime recording in Humberside Police in 2014. For this latest inspection, HMICFRS has judged Humberside Police’s crime recording as ‘requires improvement’.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said:

“I am pleased to report that Humberside Police has made good progress since our last crime data integrity inspection. It has implemented all the recommendations we made in 2014, and we have seen material improvements in its crime recording practice as a result.

“I commend the force’s senior leaders for the outstanding work they have done to establish a culture where the value of accurate crime recording is understood by all.

“However, our inspection showed that there is still room for improvement. Humberside Police is failing to record a significant number of reported crimes. We estimate that the force fails to record around 14,200 reported crimes each year.

“The problem is particularly acute when we look at violent crimes, such as harassment and common assault. Our case file audit revealed that almost one in five violent crimes reported in Humberside goes unrecorded – some 6,200 violent crimes a year.

“Missing a crime off the books can have serious consequences. When a crime isn’t recorded, cases may not be investigated and victims can lose access to support services they are entitled to.

“I am aware that Humberside Police has taken immediate action to address our concerns. It has redesigned its communications hub, upped crime recording oversight and improved its training provision.

“These are all positive steps in the right direction. I look forward to seeing further improvements in the coming months.”

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Humberside Police: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2018

Notes to editors

  1. HMICFRS is an independent inspectorate, inspecting policing to promote improvements in policing that make everyone safer, and assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces to tackle crime and terrorism, improve criminal justice and raise confidence.
  2. On 19 July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.
  3. HMICFRS inspects all 43 police forces in England and Wales together with other major policing and law enforcement bodies.
  4. HMICFRS is unable to make direct comparisons with the 2014 inspection due to a change in the methodology used. In particular, the 2014 inspection was a dip-sample of records in each force which contributed to a statistically robust rate for crime-recording accuracy for England and Wales, whereas this inspection is working to a statistically robust standard within each force.
  5. Further information on how Humberside Police is performing can be found on the HMICFRS online assessment tool.
  6. For further information, HMICFRS’s press office can be contacted during office hours from 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday on 020 3513 0600.
  7. HMICFRS’s out-of-hours press office line for urgent media enquiries is 07836 217729.