HMIC: Devon and Cornwall Police has made ‘great strides’

    It follows an improvement in its crime recording accuracy

    Following a re-visit inspection, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has judged that due to the improvements made, the crime recording accuracy of Devon and Cornwall Police is now ‘good’. This shows a marked improvement since our initial inspection in 2016, at which we judged the force to be ‘inadequate’.
    HMICFRS’ re-inspection of Devon and Cornwall Police focused on the main areas of concern we identified in 2016: how it recorded violent crime and sexual offences.
    HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said:
    “Since our initial inspection in 2016, Devon and Cornwall Police has made great strides in improving how it records crime. In 2016, the force was judged as ‘inadequate’ in this area, which was of great concern. I am pleased to report that following our re-visit inspection, it is now judged as ‘good’.
    “I am particularly pleased to see the force improve its recording of violent and sexual crimes, including rape and domestic abuse. The force also now more robustly supervises the quality of crime recording decisions, and now records modern slavery very well.
    “These improvements are welcome changes which are testament to the leadership demonstrated by the force, which has worked hard to implement sustainable improvements.
    We consider that the force has achieved changes that will ensure a considerably improved service to victims of crime. We expect the force to continue to make further progress and to build on the improvements made so far. We will monitor progress, but the force should be commended for the efforts it has made so far.”

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