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Earlier we asked Kent's first Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes for her response to criticisms that the targets culture was in place while she was in charge of Kent Police authority.
"We will do better" the promise today from Kent's Chief Constable after a highly critical report showed one in ten crimes were not being recorded - or dealt with properly - including some rapes and other violent attacks.
The report was ordered by Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes after allegations that officers were deliberately chasing "easy" crimes to solve to meet performance targets.
At a public meeting today, the Commissioner and Chief Constable came face to face to explain what happens now.
David Johns was there and speaks to Ian Learmonth, Chief Constable of Kent, and Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation.
The Chief Constable of Kent is being questioned about a report into allegations of misleading crime figures, at a public meeting. The report was released yesterday by the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes.
The Chief Constable of Kent will be questioned about a report into allegations of misleading crime figures, at a public meeting this morning. The report was released yesterday by the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes.
Kent Police fails to record some crimes properly, and has an 'institutional bias' towards chasing performance targets instead of criminals. Fred and Sangeeta link to David Johns
A review of crime recording in Kent by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found that much more needs to be done before people in Kent can be confident that the crime figures published by the force are accurate.
The inspection found that the public is being offered a good service from call handling staff but the processes that followed would sometimes deteriorate, as crimes were not being recorded correctly. HMIC concluded that there's been an institutional bias towards chasing targets for solving crime.
HMIC says the force has recognised the target-driven culture as a major problem and that the Chief Constable is determined to change this.
You can read the full report at http://www.hmic.gov.uk/publication/crime-recording-in-kent/