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Police service 'actively addressing weaknesses'

The National police lead for crime statistics, Chief Constable Jeff Farrar has said that officers join the police "motivated by a desire to protect the public" and not with an "intention of recording crime inaccurately."

This comes after reports by a police watchdog that say police may be failing to record as many as one in five crimes.

Chief Constable Jeff Farrar has said that the service has 'not always met the standards of data quality'.

Chief Constable Jeff Farrar said: "It is clear the service has not always met the standards of data quality that the public expects.

"The service is already actively addressing many of the weaknesses identified by the report: we're reviewing the way we record sexual offences across the country and we're working with the College of Policing to implement the Code of Ethics, which highlights the need for ethical recording," he said.

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'Serious' consequences of not recording crime

The consequences of police officers not properly recording crimes are "serious", the head of the police watchdog has said.

The Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, was speaking after a report claimed officers may be failing to record as many as a fifth of crimes.

The consequences of under-recording of crime are serious, and may mean victims and the community are failed because crimes are not investigated, the levels of crime will be wrongly under-stated, and police chiefs will lack the information they need to make sound decisions on the deployment of their resources.

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Theresa May attacks 'unacceptable failings by police'

The Home Secretary has hit out at the police after a series of inspections showed officers may be failing to report as many as one in five crimes.

Theresa May said the inspection from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary showed "unacceptable failings by the police".

Home Secretary Theresa May criticised police for failing to record some crimes. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She warned that the police could now start recording more offences, leading to a spike in headline crime statistics, but she insisted this did not mean crime was going up.

"It is quite possible, once HMIC has completed its work on recorded crime statistics and made recommendations on how the police need to improve, that we will see an increase in recorded crime," she said in a statement.

"If that increase is driven by improved accuracy in the recording of crime or more victims reporting crime to the police, we should welcome it. Such an increase would not mean that crime itself is rising," she added.

Police 'may fail to report' one in five crimes, report says

As many as one in five crimes could be going unrecorded by police, a major report has found.

An investigation by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) also found some offenders were being issued with 'out-of-court disposals' such as a caution rather than being prosecuted.

Inspectors looked at 13 different forces and said they could not rule out "discreditable or unethical behaviour" from officers for the failure to record some crimes.

Theresa May admits 'concern' over stop and search

The Home Secretary told the House of Commons she had "long been concerned about the use of stop and search".

Theresa May admits 'concern' over stop and search

Theresa May said: "While it is undoubtedly an important police power, when it is misused stop and search can be counter-productive

"First, it can be an enormous waste of police time. Second, when innocent people are stopped and searched for no good reason, it is hugely damaging to the relationship between the police and the public. In those circumstances it is an unacceptable affront to justice."

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Police stop and search powers to be revamped

Police will face disciplinary action if they fail to stick to a revamped code of practice for using controversial stop and search powers, the Home Secretary has told the House of Commons.

Police could face disciplinary action. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Theresa May told MPs that fresh legislation on stop and search will only be introduced if forces fail to comply with the new guidance. She said officers will need to pass a rigorous new assessment of how stop and search powers are used.

If they do not pass the test they will be stripped of being able to use the powers. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found 27% of stop and searches examined by the watchdog did not contain reasonable grounds for suspicion.

Azelle Rodney mother criticises 'intolerable' CPS delay

The mother of Azelle Rodney, who was shot dead by a police marksman nine years ago, has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for the "intolerable" delay in making a decision on criminal charges.

Susan Alexander has written to the CPS telling them that "no mother should have to go through this".

Mr Rodney was shot six times when officers stopped a car he was travelling in with two other men in Edgware, north London.

Azelle Rodney's mother, Susan Alexander, with her lawyer after the publication of a report into her son's death last year. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The officer who fired the fatal shots, known only as 'E7', lost an appeal against a public inquiry finding that he had used excessive force when he shot Mr Rodney.

His lawyers argued that the police had intelligence that the men in the car were carrying machine guns and that the officer had fired because he thought Mr Rodney was about to shoot him.

Police officer charged with distributing illegal images

The Crown Prosecution Service has charged a police officer with distributing illegal images on his phone. In a statement, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Jenny Hopkins said:

We have been asked to review a file of evidence submitted by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Department of Professional Standards concerning alleged offences under the Obscene Publications Act. Following a review of the evidence, we have concluded that James Addison, a police constable in the Diplomatic Protection Group, should be charged with 11 offences.

It is alleged that between 17 February 2013 and 6 June 2013, PC Addison distributed moving images via his mobile telephone, contrary to section 2(1) of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.

Public confidence in police 'severely shaken'

Officers from the Metropolitan Police on the streets of London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Public confidence in the police has been "severely shaken" by a series of controversies, an annual report into the service has said.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary. Tom Winsor, said cases such as the Stephen Lawrence investigation and the 'plebgate' scandal involving former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell had all damaged the police's reputation.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"Controversies and revelations of a serious and negative nature in relation to the conduct of some police officers, both past and present, have hurt public confidence in the police," his report says.

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