HMIC inspection shows sustained accuracy of Kent Police's crime figures

Media release.

Kent Police Federation welcomes the release of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's report [Crime recording: making the victim count]. This shows that Kent Police has a sustained accuracy rate of 96% in relation to crime recording following two earlier inspections. Most importantly, HMIC has found no evidence of pressure to meet numeric targets.

Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation says,

"This report shows that Kent Police has not only achieved a 96% accuracy rate for crime recording but has sustained it. This is excellent news for victims and is down to the hard work of police officers and their staff colleagues."

Ian Pointon continues,

"In order to provide the right environment to achieve this we had to change our performance culture from one of target chasing, with all its skewed activity, to one of providing a quality service with victims at the heart of all we do. If we hadn't, we would have continued to hit the target but miss the point."

Ian Pointon concludes,

"This staff association played a pivotal role in both identifying and changing our target chasing performance culture. We have worked with successive Chief Constables, Mr Ian Learmonth and now Mr Alan Pughsley, to ensure our new performance culture has become embedded in all we do. I can now say the people of Kent can have confidence in our crime figures, something that I couldn't have said 2 year ago."

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