crime reduction target

Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner


Do you agree that your   top-down demand for a 20% reduction in crime has led to both under recording and downgrading of crime that is recorded in local Met crime statistics?


Answer for crime reduction target

Answer for crime reduction target

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

No and there is no evidence to support this.

HMIC's 2014 inspection of the Met's Crime Data Integrity identified that senior managers encouraged staff to record crime accurately and that HMIC had not found evidence of performance pressures affecting the MPS approach to crime recording.  There are no reduction targets for crimes that we know are significantly under reported including sexual offences, hate crime and domestic abuse.

The basket of MOPAC 7 crimes was carefully selected to avoid precisely this, so that all crime types contribute to the target and, for example, to downgrade robbery to theft from the person would be counterproductive.

There is however no room for complacency and work is taking place, led at Chief Officer level, to strengthen the MPS arrangements for crime recording and specifically to address areas for improvement identified through internal and external audit and inspection activity.

A comparator of MPS performance is the Crime Survey for England and Wales which draws on the experiences of the public rather than what is recorded by the police. This continues to show that crime is falling.