In February 2017 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) undertook a Crime Data Integrity Inspection of Cheshire Constabulary. As part of this inspection HMIC examined crime reports for the period 1 June 2016 to 30 November 2016. HMIC have published the findings of this inspection today (15 June 2017).
Following the Constabulary receiving the publication findings from HMIC, I have received briefings from the Chief Constable on the report. Whilst the report does conclude the majority of officers and staff are placing the needs of the victim at the heart of their crime-recording decisions, HMIC’s findings raise a number of significant concerns regarding crime recording by the Constabulary. I am certain that residents across the county will share my keenness to fully understand the issues, explore the actions taken to remedy any deficiencies and the progress which has been made against areas for improvement.
As such I have made the decision to convene an extra-ordinary Scrutiny Board on 3 July 2017 at Clemonds Hey. This meeting will provide the opportunity for me to scrutinise the Chief Constable’s response to HMIC’s findings and explore the issues that it raises in detail. The meeting will be held in public and I would encourage residents to attend if they wish to. Details for the meeting will appear on my website shortly.