ID parades (6537_15)

Request

For each year between 2005 and 2015 please could you provide the following;
1) The number of criminal offences investigated by the force.
2) The number of video identification procedures conducted in accordance with Code of Practice `D’ of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
3) The number of voice identification parades conducted in accordance with `the McFarlane guidelines’ (contained within Home Office circular 057/2003).
4) The number of cases involving a voice identification procedure (as described in 3)) where;
i) A failure by the witness to identify the suspected person on the parade has resulted in no further action being taken against that suspected person.
ii) A positive identification by the witness of the suspected person on the parade has formed part of the prosecution case against an accused.

Response

1) The number of criminal offences investigated by the force.

The data below show the total number of recorded crimes. In order to record a crime a level of primary investigation needs to be conducted.

2005 291,454
2006 277,823
2007 256,099
2008 235,634
2009 212,585
2010 215,040
2011 200,996
2012 174,394
2013 173,165
2014 175,615
2015 161,505
2) The number of video identification procedures conducted in accordance with Code of Practice `D’ of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

We only have records going back to 2009 for the number of video parades completed.

Aug-Dec 2009 2,018 parades
2010 4,086 parades
2011 4,463 parades
Jan- Sept 2012 2,959 parades
2013 3,481 parades
2014 2,868 parades
2015 (up to 25 Nov) 2,357 parades

Data for Oct, November and December 2012 are not held due to a system failure.

3) The number of voice identification parades conducted in accordance with `the McFarlane guidelines’ (contained within Home Office circular 057/2003).

4) The number of cases involving a voice identification procedure (as described in 3)) where;
i) A failure by the witness to identify the suspected person on the parade has resulted in no further action being taken against that suspected person.
ii) A positive identification by the witness of the suspected person on the parade has formed part of the prosecution case against an accused.

Data not held. West Midlands Police do not undertake voice identification parades.

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