HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland: Review of Incident and Crime Recording - December 2013

Friday, 13 December, 2013

It is essential that the public are confident that crimes are recorded accurately and ethically by the police, and that Police Scotland uses reliable crime data to effectively deploy its resources to maximise community safety.  HMICS has conducted a national review of incident and crime recording, the first such review since the creation of Police Scotland.

ISBN: 978-1-910165-01-0

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Summary and key findings

1. Introduction

2. Background
The recording process
Crime recording standards

3. Methodology
Assessment criteria

4. Are crimes recorded correctly?
Domestic abuse
Sexual offences

5. Governance and accountability
Ethics and performance integrity
External scrutiny
Scottish Crime Registrars' Group

6. Policy and procedures

7. Systems and processes

8. People and skills
Dissemination of information

9. Audit and performance
Incident scrutiny

10. Conclusion

11. Summary of recommendations

Appendix 1 - Assessment criteria

Appendix 2 - Previous HMICS recommendations

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