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90% of crimes recorded by West Mercia Police

It comes after a 2014 review that found only 74% were recorded and suggested a number of recommendations, including training, to be implemented.

Victims in West Mercia are getting a better service as highlighted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) Crime Data Integrity Inspection Report 2019.

The report and its findings have been welcomed by West Mercia Police who have implemented changes to their crime recording systems and processes since the last inspection in 2014.

The report highlights that more than 90% of all crimes are recorded, with particular attention being paid to sexual offences, rating West Mercia Police as ‘good’ ahead of other similar forces.

However over 4,000 violent crimes were yet to be recorded; as a result the HMICFRS said the force needs to improve how it records violent crimes, particularly harassment, stalking, coercive and controlling behaviour, and domestic abuse-related crime.

They also reported that changes needed to be made in how West Mercia Police identifies and records modern slavery crimes from reports received through the national referral mechanism.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell said: “We welcome HMICFRS’s inspections and I am pleased to see that the report released today recognises our ongoing commitment to our victims.

“As a force, we have significantly improved our processes with regards to crime recording and have a centralised crime bureau to provide quality assurance, enabling us to audit crime recording to ensure crimes are correctly identified and recorded.

“We do however recognise that there are still a number of crimes still going unrecorded and we will be looking to implement the recommendations that HMICFRS have made in respect of these, so that we can continue to support our victims and communities, while ensuring our officers and staff are equipped with the right tools to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.

“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our officers and staff for their continuing commitment and hard work, and I am happy this report reflects the collective and individual resolve to supporting accurate and effective crime recording at West Mercia Police.”

To view the HMICFRS Crime Data Integrity Inspection Report 2019, click here.

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