North Yorkshire Police Federation have launched an attack at the latest report from Her Majestyâ€™s Inspectorate of Constabulary on crime figures â€“ claiming it is unfair to officers.
Staff association branch board Chairman Elect Mike Stubbs said he was concerned about the findings of the document, lambasting them â€œas unfair and insulting to membersâ€.
He pointed out that the inspection had relied on â€œlimited dataâ€ â€“ and it was difficult to see how many meaningful conclusions could be drawn from the figures on crime data.
This website reported on May 1 how HMIs suggested that absent and weak management had been responsible for some crimes going unrecorded â€“ and some offenders being issued with out-of-court disposals rather than facing prosecution.
But Mr Stubbs told reporters after the release of the document: â€œIt was the emerging themes identified in the report that caused the greatest concern for the Federation.
â€œComments in the report attribute alleged failings to â€˜poor knowledge of the rules and inadequate training in their contentâ€ and â€˜poor supervision of managementâ€™.
â€œThe report asserts that â€˜it is difficult to conclude that none of these failures was the result of discreditable or unethical behaviourâ€™ but the Federation point out that the report officers no evidence whatsoever to support this assertion,â€ said Mr Stubbs.
He added that the document had suggested that the Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) and National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) had provided a clear and simple framework â€“ highlighting that â€˜every police officer should be able to understand and apply them.
But Mr Stubbs said: â€œThe implied criticism that officers are either badly trained, badly managed, corrupt of just a bit too dim to apply the HOCR and NRCS is grossly unfair and insulting to our members.
â€œIt completely ignores the bureaucratic minefield that surrounds crime recording. The HOCR and NRCS documents are available on the gov.uk website.
â€œIn total they amount to more than 1,000 pages. That anyone can regard those documents as a clear and framework that is not especially complicated beggars belief.â€
From Police Oracle