Police accused of massaging crime figures to improve performance

MPs have been told that police officers are massaging crime statistics to improve performance figures. A serving officer, with experience of the way the Met Police produces statistics, says offences including rape and child sex abuse are being recorded as "crime-related incidents" or "no crimes".

Police sign on the back of a London Metropolitan Police bike Credit: Press Association

Met Police Constable James Patrick, who is currently awaiting disciplinary proceedings, said he became concerned after joining the force in 2009 and finding robberies being logged as "theft snatch" in order to get them "off the books". He said:

"The extent of this in the borough I was initially in was large."

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Police 'massage' crime stats

An influential committee of MPs has been told that police officers are routinely massaging crime statistics to improve performance figures.