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Cause of concern

HMIC found that in many forces there is a material lack of focus, grip and effective activity directed to apprehending wanted suspects. There are too often inconsistencies and weaknesses in how rapidly forces circulate information about wanted suspects on the Police National Computer (PNC), and too often inadequate efforts are made to apprehend these individuals once the information has been circulated.


Immediately, all forces should review their current procedures for apprehending wanted suspects, assess the number of wanted suspects on the PNC and those whose details have yet to be circulated on the PNC, and take prompt and effective action to apprehend those suspects.

[on]3rd March 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]7th December 2018 [comment]

Our Effectiveness 2017 inspection found that:The force is good at reducing re-offending, through arrest and other initiatives. It promptly circulates details of people who are wanted on the Police National Computer (PNC) and is effective in its approach to apprehending offenders who are wanted for criminal offences, including foreign national offenders where additional checks are required. However, the number of arrests has decreased when compared with the previous year. An automated process is in place to check whether foreign national offenders who are wanted are also wanted for any overseas convictions. Offenders who hand themselves in voluntarily are processed with the assistance of immigration officers located in the forceDuring our 2018 crime file review, we also reviewed 5 wanted files, which had all been dealt with appropriately, which demonstrates a consistency in the way in which the force deals with apprehending wanted persons.