Crime recording: A matter of fact – interim report
In its 2013/14 inspection programme, approved by the Home Secretary under section 54 of the Police Act 1996, HMIC is committed to carry out an inspection into the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data. This inspection, carried out between February and August 2014, is the most extensive of its kind that HMIC has ever undertaken into crime data integrity.
This is an interim report of that inspection. It explains the purposes and methods of the inspection and the criteria that govern crime-recording practice in the police. This report covers the inspection of 13 forces. As two of the largest metropolitan forces (the Metropolitan Police Service and Greater Manchester Police) have been inspected, the inspection has already covered approximately 60 percent of the reviews to be done. While the inspection has yet to be completed in the remaining 30 forces, we can report on a number of emerging themes.