South Yorkshire police chiefs defend crime recording in county

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Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have defended the way crimes are recorded in the county after inspectors found a fifth of incidents were incorrectly logged.

HM Inspectorate of Constabularies inspected 13 police forces across the country and found a series of failings, including weak or absent management of crime recording, under recording of crimes and serious sexual offences not getting logged.

A sample of offences reviewed in South Yorkshire found that 11 offences which should have been logged were not.

South Yorshire Police said the force ‘is committed to being open and honest with the public it serves’ and ‘committed to protecting victims of crime’.

A spokeswoman said: “Within the HMIC interim inspection, forces ‘failed’ if they did not record incidents as crimes, or if they did not properly record sufficient detail and rationale around why an incident was not recorded as a crime.

“HMIC concluded that the force incorrectly decided not to record incidents as crimes on 11 occasions. However, we are confident that many of these incidents were dealt with appropriately.”

One incident involved a woman reporting criminal damage carried out by her daughter but who did not wish to take the matter further.

The spokeswoman said: “Instead of criminalising her daughter, she requested she simply be spoken to by police, which is what happened.

“We now have a centralised system to supervise the recording of crime and our processes have been revised.”