Thames Valley Police confirms that it has received its report on Crime Data Integrity following HMICFRS’s audit and inspection in April 2019.
Thames Valley Police fully accepts the grading by HMICFRS.
Commenting on the report Jason Hogg, Deputy Chief Constable, said:
“We recognise that listening to victims and recording reported crimes is the first step in providing a satisfactory service and underpins the quality of our investigations. The grading by HMICFRS of our crime data integrity falls far below the standards that we set ourselves or that the public rightly expect from us.
“We welcome the audit findings that:
- Implementation of crime recording at the first point of contact has significantly improved our overall crime recording.
- We have made changes to address gaps in our processes and systems
- We have improved our recording rates:
- All reported crime – recording rate now 87.9% (was 80.4%)
- Violent crime – recording rate is up over 10% to 79%
- Sexual offences – recording rate is up to 95%
“HMICFRS have noted our determination to get crime recording right, that they are encouraged by the improvement that they found and that whilst there is still a way to go, that we are on the right track.
“Despite significant improvements we acknowledge that we have not progressed as far or as fast as we would have wished to.
“We have worked hard since HMICFRS published their last report and will continue to work to ensure that the improvements we make are sustainable.”
“Last year we responded to over half a million calls for assistance; that is over 1,400 incidents a day and every day the members of this force come to work to fulfil only one purpose, and that is to keep the communities of Thames Valley safe from harm."
Notes for Editors
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) has undertaken a programme of work over a number of years to test whether crimes are being recorded by the police when they should be and categorised correctly. Crime data integrity (CDI) is inspected in a rolling programme of every force in England and Wales over a number of years. HMICFRS produces a report at the end of each force inspection setting out, and making a judgment on, the accuracy of crime recording in that force.
What does the inspection involve?
Each inspection includes the following elements:
- a self assessment of the ways in which crime is reported to the force;
- a self-assessment against recommendations from 2018
- an audit of incident and crime records;
- a review of crime-recording related documents, obtained from the force; and
- a fieldwork visit to interview staff.
HMICFRS carried out their CDI audit and inspection for Thames Valley Police in April 2019 reviewing records from Oct – Dec 2018. During the audit HMICFRS examined almost 1100 incident records and over 280 directly recorded crimes. They also audited other records including modern slavery crimes and referrals, transfer/ crime cancellations records and child/ adult protection records.
Crime Data Integrity
It is important that police forces have high-quality data that allows them to establish where, when, and how often crime is happening.
- victims of crime are provided with access to appropriate support services;
- the public are given accurate information about crime in their area; and
- the police can plan their work in support of victims and meet the demands of investigations.
HMICFRS PEEL Inspections
Thames Valley Police was graded by HMICFRS as ‘Outstanding’ for Efficiency (November 2017), ‘Good’ for Legitimacy (December 2017), and ‘Good’ for Effectiveness (March 2018).