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UK police fail to record 20 percent of crimes due to 'poorly integrated IT systems'

Charlotte Jee | May 5, 2014
"Devastating" report from police watchdog investigations.

He continued: "Our key witness, whistleblower PC James Patrick, said crime was under-recorded by as much as 20 per cent. HMIC says the same. They also accept that it is 'difficult to conclude that none of these failures was the result of discreditable or unethical behaviour'.

At the end of last year, the police's Freedom of Information (FOI) expert Mark Wise revealed that forces are struggling to handle the high levels of FOI requests due to a lack of standard data management systems.

However, policing minister Damian Green has said that he hopes all services will be "genuinely digital" by 2016, meaning that the public will be able to report crime online and officers will be able to record crime remotely on tablets and other devices while out on duty.

To encourage this, the Home Office is handing out £20 million in funding to help improve police technology. Of the forces that have already been awarded funding, nine of them will use it to roll out mobile data equipment so officers can update records remotely and six of them will invest in body-worn camera technology. A consortium of 24 forces will use their funding to move public-facing services, such as incident reporting, online.


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