Review finds more unrecorded offences at Greater Manchester Police

Monday 12th April 2021 10:03 EDT

Greater Manchester Police which was criticised over crime recording failures has now been under the scanner after a review of cases found a further 1,655 unrecorded offences.


Greater Manchester Police said a daily audit of more than 150,000 incidents between December 2020 and March 2021 had now uncovered 6,155. In March, it was reported the review had already found 4,500 unrecorded crimes. The force was put in special measures over its failures to record 80,000 crimes in the year up to June 2020.


Deputy Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said it had retrained 6,000 officers in supporting victims of crime and reporting crimes accurately and extended its criminal justice units in response to the critical report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).


He added that three units had also been set up to boost support for crime victims. Mr Hussain said to ensure crimes were being recorded "correctly, we have around 70 officers across the districts responsible for reviewing every incident which comes in".


In his statement to the BBC, he said, "Through our due diligence process, between December 2020 and March 2021 of the 150,283 incidents which have been reviewed, a further 6,155 crimes have been recorded. We have conducted a review of body-worn video for domestic abuse cases to see if we could have done more to support them. We are using this to take the learning and improve the service we provide and have taken action where we have seen both good and poor practice."


He added that while it "clear we still have a lot of work to do to regain the confidence of the public", the force was "working hard" to deliver the "high-quality service" the area's residents "rightly expect of us".

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