West Yorkshire Police’s crime recording arrangements graded “outstanding” by inspectorate

West Yorkshire Police is one of only two police forces ever to be judged as outstanding for its crime recording arrangements at first inspection, as set out in a report released today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

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West Yorkshire Police: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2018

HMICFRS found that West Yorkshire Police had put in place comprehensive crime recording practices, which ensured that over 94 per cent of all crimes reported to it were recorded. The Inspectorate noted that “victims are at the forefront of the force’s crime-recording arrangements” and commended officers and staff for their “hard work and commitment to crime recording”.

The Inspectorate identified the following specific improvements:

  • establishing a ‘gold group’, led by a Chief Officer, to sanction and oversee crime recording;
  • early identification of victims who may be vulnerable or at particular risk;
  • providing relevant personal development objectives for individual officers and staff; and
  • promoting good crime recording practices through the work of the force crime registrar team.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Phil Gormley said:

“West Yorkshire Police should be congratulated on its approach to crime recording, which we have rated ‘outstanding’ in our most recent inspection. It is one of only two forces to receive this grade in this rolling programme.

“We previously inspected the force’s crime recording arrangements in 2014 and were concerned to find an inconsistent and uneven approach to recording. We therefore provided the force with an extensive list of recommendations for improvement.

“Given these previous issues, it is very encouraging to see just how much the force has improved. Not only has it implemented the recommendations contained in our 2014 report, but it has also enacted its own initiatives designed to promote improvement. These initiatives have helped to ensure that the force now records almost all crime reported to it, in a quick and timely manner.

“I was also very impressed with the attitude to crime recording displayed by officers and staff throughout the force. The force displays an emphasis on and commitment to improved crime recording at all levels, with training programmes and the work of an accredited force crime registrar and his team being just two of the measures responsible for this cultural shift.

“Whilst there are still further improvements to be made to ensure that all reported crime is accurately recorded, based on the level of improvement I have already seen, I am confident that the force is in an excellent position to continue this progress.”

HMICFRS will continue to inspect crime recording practices in West Yorkshire Police at regular intervals.

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West Yorkshire Police: Crime Data Integrity inspection 2018

Notes to editors

  1. HMICFRS is an independent inspectorate, inspecting policing and fire and rescue services in the public interest. It assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and fire and rescue services.
  2. HMICFRS inspects all 43 police forces in England and Wales together with other major policing and law enforcement bodies. It also inspects all 45 fire and rescue services in England.
  3. 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.
  4. Further information on how West Yorkshire is performing can be found on the HMICFRS online assessment tool.
  5. For further information, HMICFRS’s press office can be contacted during office hours from 09:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday on 020 3513 0600.
  6. HMICFRS’s out-of-hours press office line for urgent media enquiries is 07836 217729.