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PCC's response to HMICFRS's crime data integrity report

  • Last Updated: 02-08-2018 at 12:08

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones today expressed dismay at an inspectors’ report grading the force as “inadequate” in its crime recording.

Mr Jones has taken swift and decisive action to set up an independent panel to oversee and support the forces’ work to improve its crime recording procedures.

It will receive regular updates on progress made in meeting the forces’ action plan in relation to the inspector’s recommendations and carry out regular spot checks of paperwork.

“At first sight the findings in this report are quite shocking and undoubtedly the force has work to do to reassure me as the public representative that they are getting this right. Both the Deputy and Chief Constable have my support as they tackle this and I don’t believe the report adequately reflects the everyday effort of the officers and staff across the county who strive to keep us all safe.” said Mr Jones.

“I have written to the Chief Constable to raise my concerns, ask for an action plan on how the force intends to put this right and make clear my intention to support their efforts with the new independent panel to ensure public confidence and transparency.

“I have been made aware that the force were already delivering changes in this area when the inspectors visited and other forces have found similar challenges that appear to be at odds with the Crime Survey of England and Wales. However, my role is to hold the Chief to account and ensure the public can have confidence in the way policing is delivered and crime recorded and I intend to do just that.”