Screening Out Crime

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2088
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can you please provide a breakdown of numbers of crimes and crime types that were screened out by month in 2012/2013?

Answer

Answer for Screening Out Crime

Answer for Screening Out Crime

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response from the Mayor 09 September 2013

All crime is subject to a primary investigation. Crime Screening is a long-standing national process that enables police forces to ensure that resources are efficiently and effectively deployed for the investigation of crime. The screening policy is not driven by resources but by the availability of usable evidence of a crime. Where good leads and available forensic evidence is at hand the investigation moves from the initial stage to a secondary investigation so suspects can be identified and charged.

The decision to refer a crime to secondary investigation is now taken centrally by the Crime Recording and Investigation Bureau (CRIB). Although Boroughs retain small Case Management Units to ensure crimes are allocated to the correct teams and to carry out administrative functions.