Please provide full details of actions by the Police Authority and yourselves to deal with Kent Police officers systematically fiddling the crime figures

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Dear Kent Police and Crime Commissioner,

I refer to this report on the BBC, 13 June 2013, which refers to the systematic fiddling of the crime figures by Kent Police over a period of many years: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ken...

In relation to this issue, please supply the following information:

1. Since 1 January 2003, on what dates did any Police Authority or Kent PCC Committee or Sub-Committee address any issue relating to the correct recording of crime statistics. In each case, supply any reports provided for those meetings and any minutes of those meetings.

2. Stipulate what specific action, and on what occasions, the Police Authority or the Kent PCC have taken since 1 January 2003 to deal with the false recording of crimes in Kent.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Bennett

PCC Correspondence Kent, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr Bennett,

Thank you very much for your Freedom of Information request dated 03 January 2014.

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Yours sincerely

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Dear Mr Bennett,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

 

Please see the responses to your request below:

 

1. Since 1 January 2003, on what dates did any Police Authority or Kent
PCC Committee or Sub-Committee address any issue relating to the correct
recording of crime statistics. In each case, supply any reports provided
for those meetings and any minutes of those meetings.

 

The following reports and minutes are available: (Due to the large number
of attachments, these will be sent to you in batches).

 

Kent Police Authority – Full Authority Committee Meeting

 

2010

10 February 2010

Minutes

Item 10 – Data Quality Review

 

16 June 2010

Minutes

 

2011

22 June 2011

Minutes

 

2012

25 April 2012

Minutes

 

21 November 2012

Minutes

 

 

Kent Police Authority – Policing Performance Committee

 

2003

09 June 2003

Minutes

Item 4 – Review of Crime Recording (with appendix)

 

2004

04 March 2004

Minutes

Item 6 – Chief Constable’s report (with appendix)

 

15 September 2004

Minutes

Item 8 – Crime Recording Audit (Audit Commission report was not available
at the time of the meeting, due to be published later in 2004).

 

08 December 2004

Minutes

Item 7 - Crime Recording Audit Final Report and Action Plan

 

 

2007

05 September 2007

Minutes

Item 6 – Data Quality Audits – Policing and Crime Standards Directorate

 

2011

13 April 2011

Minutes

Item 13 – HMIC Review of Bureaucracy associated with Crime Recording

 

30 November 2011

Minutes

Item 9 – Crime Data Quality

 

2012

22 February 2012

Minutes

Item 6 – HMIC Inspection of crime and incident data

 

 

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner - Governance Board

 

All details can be found on the Commissioner’s website here:
[1]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/governancebo...

 

2013

18 June 2013

Minutes -
[2]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/DRAF...

 

15 August 2013

Minutes –
[3]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/Fina...

Item 3 – HMIC Report on Crime Recording and Performance Culture – Force
Recovery Plan Update
[4]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/Item...

 

15 October 2013

Minutes –
[5]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/15_1...

Item 3 – HMIC Report on Crime Recording
[6]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/Item...

 

03 December 2013

Minutes -
[7]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/DRAF...

Item 3 – HMIC Report on Crime Recording and Performance Culture -
[8]https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/extdocs/Item...

 

 

 

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner - Police and Crime Panel

 

2013

26 ^ June 2013

Minutes -
[9]https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/...

Item E2 – HMIC Report on Crime Recording in Kent – Page 79 onwards-
[10]https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/...

 

08 October 2013

Minutes -
[11]https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/...

 

 

2. Stipulate what specific action, and on what occasions, the Police
Authority or the Kent PCC have taken since 1 January 2003 to deal with the
false recording of crimes in Kent. 

 

In February 2013, the Commissioner commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate
of Constabulary (HMIC) to conduct an independent inspection of the Force’s
Crime Recording Practices. This inspection looked at each stage of the
Crime Recording practices in Kent, as stated in the HMIC report: Crime
Recording in Kent: ‘from the point at which a member of the public calls
the police, to the final resolution (or ‘disposal’) of the crime (for
instance, through a caution or penalty notice for disorder).’ A copy of
the report can be viewed here:
[12]http://kent-pcc.gov.uk/innovaeditor/asse...

 

In December 2013, the Commissioner invited HMIC to re-inspect the
practices to see what improvements and progress were made in Kent. Details
of that follow up inspection are yet to be released.

 

A bi-monthly public meeting is held (Governance Board) in which the
Commissioner holds the Chief Constable to account, highlighting any areas
of policing she is concerned with. A regular item in 2013 that required a
report and verbal update from the Chief Constable was the HMIC Force
Recovery Plan, which covered Crime Recording practices and the progress
the Force have made following the HMIC report. This gave the Commissioner
progress updates.

 

Prior to the appointment of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kent Police
Authority and Kent Police jointly requested that HMIC re-audit crime
recording standards, following a ‘dip sample’ audit in 2011, which
highlighted a crime recording issue in Kent. The re-audit was conducted in
the autumn of 2012.

 

I trust this proves helpful.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mike Stepney

Chief of Staff

 

 

Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

South Block, Kent Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15
9BZ

 

Tel: 01622 677055

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