Cheshire Constabulary has today (2 October 2018) been graded as ‘outstanding’ following an inspection by HMICFRS in relation to how it records crime.
The improvement follows the publication of a crime data integrity inspection report in June 2017 when the Constabulary was graded as ‘inadequate’.
The 2017 report highlighted that the Constabulary recorded 83 per cent of crimes correctly, which led to some victims of crime not gaining access to the Constabulary victim support service, ‘Cheshire Cares’.
The Constabulary reviewed the cases that were highlighted and ensured that the victims received appropriate support and the crimes were recorded accurately.
HMICFRS returned to Cheshire for a re-inspection in early 2018 and found that the Constabulary was correctly recording 96 per cent of crimes reported.
Acting Deputy Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “We are very pleased with the grade of ‘outstanding’, which the Constabulary has achieved by placing a significant emphasis on improving crime recording. We have provided training for our staff and introduced new procedures to ensure that crimes are investigated, support is provided to victims and crimes are recorded accurately.
“In addition to providing a better service for victims, improvements in crime recording have led to a better understanding of crime and the demands placed on the Constabulary.”
The 2017 report highlighted that more accurate crime recording would lead to an increase in the number of crimes recorded within Cheshire.
A/DCC Martland added: “The Constabulary has been subject to scrutiny by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to explain the rise in recorded crime and ensure that progress has been made to improve crime recording.
“Cheshire remains a safe county, and providing the best possible service to victims of crime and vulnerable people will always be at the heart of everything that we do.
“The grading of ‘outstanding’ by HMICFRS is testament to the hard work and commitment by our staff, but we are not complacent and will continue to work hard to ensure that the public receives the best possible service from Cheshire Constabulary.”