ONE in 10 crimes in West Yorkshire were written off by police, a report has revealed.
The findings were gathered by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which analysed 240 incidents logged by West Yorkshire Police and found 24 had been wrongly closed without a crime being investigated.
West Yorkshire Police hit back at HMIC stating ‘any investment of extra resources in these administrative processes must be balanced with our desire to preserve the frontline services’.
The report went on to raise concern regarding recording incidents of violence and anti social behaviour (ASB).
The HMIC report reads: “The force employs crime evaluators in each division. We found that they were providing a good service, and ensured that once a crime report was created it was, in most cases, classified correctly.”
The review, which looked at almost 5,000 records from the 43 forces across England and Wales and British Transport Police, found some forces recorded all crimes correctly but others only got the decision right three-quarters of the time, meaning hundreds of crimes were not investigated.
West Yorkshire was one of 15 forces in the country to record between 90 to 95% of crimes correctly.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The majority of the data examined by HMIC was found to be accurate, and likewise the quality of the investigation into crime was also considered to be of a good standard.
“We note the areas for improvement identified by HMIC, but would simply point out that any investment of extra resources in these administrative processes must be balanced with our desire to preserve the frontline services we offer to the public.”