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https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/recommendation/thames-valley/8774/

In Thames Valley Police there is a failure of officers and staff 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 inadequate supervision to correct the decisions of officers and staff and improve standards from the outset. This means that the force is letting down many victims of crime.The force is failing to ensure it adequately records all reports of rape, other sexual and violence offences, including domestic abuse crimes and crimes reported directly to its public protection departments.

Recommendation

Within six months, the force should design and provide training for officers who make crime-recording decisions. This should include training in regard to:

-the extent of the information required to provide 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 the majority of cases will be at the point of report;

-the importance of believing the first account of victims whom officers believe are suffering from mental health issues;the proper use of classification N100 for reports of rape and recording crimes of rape involving multiple offenders;

-the additional verifiable information required in order to make crime cancellation decisions;

-how to correctly record crimes that are reported by third parties and, in particular, those reported by professional third parties;

-offences involving the public order act, malicious communications, harassment and common assault; and

-how to correctly record crimes on the NICHE crime recording system.

[on]15th February 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]21st August 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]21st August 2018 [comment]

These actions are being progressed through a CDI gold group and will be assessed as part of our re inspection process.

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