Devon and Cornwall Police under- reporting crimes – by up to 17,400 per year

Isn’t this just the sort of thing Ms Hernandez, our Police and Crime Commissioner, is supposed to be making sure doesn’t happen?

Does she have a plan?

East Devon District Council has a former copper (Councillor Tom Wright) on the committee she reports to – perhaps he could ask her.

However, as this committee met recently only to set the police precept and its next meeting, scheduled for 7 April 2017* has already been cancelled:

http://web.plymouth.gov.uk/modgov?modgovlink=http%3A%2F%2Fdemocracy.plymouth.gov.uk%2FieListMeetings.aspx%3FCommitteeId%3D1051

that might prove to be a bit difficult.

* surely this meeting has not been cancelled to avoid bad news for the Tories just before DCC elections?

The Plymouth Herald covers the story here:

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/rape-and-child-abuse-not-being-recorded-by-police/story-30121826-detail/story.html

and says:

Inspectors said the force had “no excuse” for the failings and had failed to act on many of the recommendations it had made three years ago.

The story on the BBC Live website:

“Devon and Cornwall police are failing victims of crime by not recording thousands of offences, including rape and serious assaults, an official report has found.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary estimates the force is failing to record more than 17,400 reported crimes each year.

The policing regulator rated the force as “inadequate” on the issue.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said: “I was most concerned to find that the force had failed to record reports of rape, serious sexual assault and offences of serious assault and human trafficking.”

The force said they put victims at the heart of their work, and most of the criticisms concerned updating records and administration.”

Source: BBC Devon Live website

Here is the PCC’s catch-all spin response which shows that her former job in PR is one to which she could readily return:

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/police-commissioner-alison-hernandez-says-police-must-improve-in-row-over-crime-reporting/story-30123712-detail/story.html