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Crime Reporting (10555/17)


  1. When a member of the public submits information about crime/s, (via 101, at a police station, or by email direct to a ranking police officer at their explicit request), what is the maximum duration for a crime to be recorded/ crime reference number to be issued; or alternatively for an explanation to be issued of why the reported crime/s were not being recorded?


  1. Where a crime is reported about theft and fraud relating to a person’s medical records, and the crime/s are reported (on specific request), directly to a ranking police officer, under what circumstances would the receiving officer pass the information to the Professional Standards Department?



“Under what circumstances would a report of a crime that is not related to any police officer or contractor, be passed to the Police Professional Standards Department”


  1. With reference to your answer to question 2, please provide an answer on timescales etc (as relates to the parameters of question 1).


  1. Where after 21 days, there is still no contact or decision taken as to the recording or non-recording of the crime/s, and there is no explanation given despite several requests, what is the policy/ procedure that officers must follow?



Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.