Oldham’s crime epidemic is even worse than we have reported after it was revealed that Greater Manchester Police fail to record thousands of crimes. The Greater Manchester Police force have been rated as inadequate by government inspectors after an inspection found they failed to record 38,000 in a year. The report finds that:
- The force is currently under-recording too many reports of crime, including:
- reports of rape;
- violent crimes; and
- sexual offences (excluding rape).
The force needs to act promptly to improve the accuracy of its recording of these reports and to provide all victims with the service to which they are entitled and deserve.
- Reports of crime reported directly to public protection investigation units (PPIUs) are not always being recorded.
- The force is incorrectly cancelling some recorded sexual offences (excluding rape), and offences of robbery and violence.
- The FCR provides information to local policing divisions on crime-recording performance, including individual feedback for officers and staff. However, not all divisions are providing this feedback to their officers and staff.
- The FCR and his team do not have sufficient capacity to efficiently and effectively audit and scrutinise crime-recording decisions.
- The force must improve its collection of information regarding the effect of criminality on identifiable groups within communities.