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Cleveland Police 'inadequate' at recording crime, says report

Cleveland Police says changes have already been implemented Photo: PA

Cleveland Police has been ranked as 'inadequate' at recording crime by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published an assessment on the accuracy of crime recording in Cleveland Police, which found that the force fails to log almost 11,000 crimes each year - domestic abuse and violent crimes are highlighted as areas in need of improvements.

"While Cleveland Police has implemented many of the recommendations from our last inspection, I still have serious concerns about the force's crime recording practices.

"We did see some good examples of crime recording practice in complex cases involving modern slavery and sexual offences. But the force's overall performance falls short of our expectation. It was particularly troubling to find that almost one in five violent crimes reported to Cleveland Police never makes it onto the books.

"By our estimate, that means over 3,100 violent crimes go unrecorded each year.

"When a crime isn't recorded properly, victims might not receive the support services they need and, in some cases, an investigation may not begin.

"Failure to record a crime can also prevent proper safeguarding measures from being implemented. In Cleveland Police, we found that only around a quarter of domestic abuse victims received adequate safeguarding when a crime was not logged. This leaves them exposed to an unacceptable level of risk and, potentially, harm.

"There were some positives. Vulnerable victims and victims of rape were generally safeguarded well. Cancelled crimes were largely cancelled for legitimate reasons. And it has made good progress against the national action plan for crime statistics.

"That is why I am confident that the force has the right team in place to respond to our recommendations and make changes for the better."

– HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr

Cleveland Police says it has "already implemented changes and will continue to do so to ensure they provide the best possible service".

"The report grades us as good for culture and leadership and good for the efficiency of our crime recording systems. Whilst all calls to our control room are recorded and assessed, we recognise that we need to improve. Since this inspection in 2017 we have already implemented changes and will continue to do so to ensure we provide the best possible service."

– Ceveland Police Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless