Improvement still needed in crime data sharing, police report says


Improvement still needed in crime data sharing, police report says

Cliff Saran

The Police Data Quality 2006/07 report from the Audit Commision has found that improvements need to be made in sharing data on crime and anti-social behaviour to address neighbourhood and community concerns.

Steve Bundred, chief executive of the Audit Commission, said, "Data quality is about the police listening to the public, recording correctly the information they give and acting on it. The police now need to work with their partners in councils, health, fire, housing and environmental services, to ensure that their recording of anti-social behaviour incidents is of a high standard and easy to share so they can all work together to make our neighbourhoods safer."

On the whole, the Audit Commission found that nine out of ten police authorities and forces in England and Wales were continuing to perform well on their recording of crime data. 88% were rated good or excellent, compared with 81% during the previous year and 28% in 2003 and 2004.

Police Data Quality 2006/07 examines how well the police record information reported to them by victims and witnesses. However, despite the generally positive picture, 26% of police bodies had not sustained previous levels of performance.

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