HMIC CRIME INSPECTION - PUTS IT ALL INTO PERSPECTIVE

The HMIC report on crime recording puts into perspective that perhaps getting it right 90% of the time wasn't so disastrous when Kent Police was inspected last year.

Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation says,

"Last year Kent Police was pilloried in the media for crime recording accuracy. The clear accusation was our crime figures couldn't be trusted; we stood accused of fiddling the figures. Let's not forget, we were recording crime accurately 90% of the time. Yes, 9 times out of 10 we were getting it right. I didn't think that was the disaster others did. The inspections of other forces tends to put it all into perspective."

He continues,

" We have now increased our accuracy levels to 96%. The credit for that lies solely with the police officers and police staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve that result for the public they serve. They should be congratulated."

He concludes,

"I doubt we will ever get it right 100% of the time. Why? Well, human beings are involved and different circumstances will always be open to interpretation. That said, the people of Kent can be assured that Kent's police officers and police staff will continue to do their level best to ensure that crimes are recorded as accurately as is humanly possible."

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