Integrity of Metropolitan Police Service crime data - Unrecorded sexual offences

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3188
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The recent Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service's Crime data integrity identified that of the 106 sexual offences that should have been recorded, 65 were. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird, responded to a similar finding by confirming Northumbria police will reinvestigate the cases wrongly classified, officers involved in the identified cases have been moved onto other duties and all victims will be contacted by professionally-trained officers. Please can you confirm that the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime will respond to the 41 wrongly classified cases of sexual offences in a similarly robust way?

Answer

Answer for Integrity of Metropolitan Police Service crime data - Unrecorded sexual offences

Answer for Integrity of Metropolitan Police Service crime data - Unrecorded sexual offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All 41 matters identified in HMIC's inspection of the MPS have been recorded as crimes. In each case, officers with appropriate skills have been appointed to make contact with the victims and investigate the crime in line with their needs.

The failure to record these offences reflected a lack of knowledge of recording requirements by some frontline officers who had dealt with these allegations. Since then the MPS has made a series of improvements to ensure that crime allegations are properly recorded and minimise the chances of this re-occurring, including better training for frontline staff and systems to quickly identify and correct potential failures.