Police authority defend accuracy of records

Nottinghamshire Police Authority has defended the accuracy of crime recording standards by the County’s police force, pointing out that independent scrutiny has verified the high standards reached in this area of work.

Disputing claims made by a former police officer, the authority, which has responsibility for oversight of the recording standards, said that the force had been subject to an in-depth inspection by HMIC in October 2011, which focused on Crime and Incident Data.

This inspection saw the force acknowledged by HMIC for its high standards in relation to crime and incident reporting.

Jon Collins, Chair of the Police Authority, said: “The facts tell the true story. Any misrecording or abuse of the crime recording data would have been picked up by HMIC. These claims that crimes have been misrecorded are based purely on hearsay, without a shred of evidence to back them up.”