Nottinghamshire is a very peaceful and safe place to live, work and socialise. The number of incidents recorded in the county is broadly the same as last year, but the way we record crime has changed, leading to more being recorded as crimes.
The crime statistics released today (Thursday, 19 October 2017) reflect our ethical approach to crime recording.
The force’s determination to be compliant with the National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) resulted in a significant audit of crime statistics during the summer of last year. New procedures were put in place to ensure the force was in line with NCRS. This has taken a considerable amount of resource and time in achieving a 96% success rate in order to be graded as ‘good’ by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC).
During the process, a number of incidents, although having been properly dealt with from the victim’s perspective, were identified as having been closed without an additional crime number being created. These have since been reviewed during 2016/17 reporting year and this has resulted in an increase in the amount of crimes being recorded, which never would have been the case previously.
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber said: "The most important point is that we are continuing to do the right thing for victims, we want to ensure the public get a service that is right for them. We are identifying victims of crime, and providing the appropriate support and referral to specialist services where needed and dealing with offenders effectively.
"We have put robust processes in place to maintain our ethical compliance in line with the national standard, and as a result we will now be consistently recording crimes at a higher rate than last year. This is no different to any other police force. However, we will still be working as hard as we can with partners to prevent and detect crime, particularly that which caused the most harm to victims in a way which identifies and addresses their vulnerability.
"The increases in recorded sexual offences reflects a national drive and is very much welcomed by the force as victims continue to have confidence in the wider system and we are absolutely committed, despite current resource pressures locally and nationally to confront some very serious previously unreported offences, particularly those committed against children.
"Nationally there has been an increase in knife crime. Our volumes were stable between 2011 and June 2016 after which they increased to a higher level and since this point in time they have remained stable. Whilst this does coincide with process changes, we remain concerned by the increased prevalence of younger people carrying knives and becoming victims of knife crime. We are working hard with our partners to address this as it is a societal issue which requires our collective efforts. Knife crime is a national issue, not just a Nottinghamshire problem. We have a dedicated knife crime team who are continuing to use intelligence to target those who we know are likely to be carrying knives. Nottinghamshire Police support the notion that knives, and other weapons, which are created for the sole purpose of causing injuries, are not welcome in our county."
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: "Despite an increase in recorded crime, due in the main to the new national recording standards, the number of incidents reported to the police has remained broadly stable indicating that the number of victims has not risen significantly either.
"However, no-one is complacent, we are all aware that there are areas of concern and plans are in place to tackle them. This will require strong partnership working across Nottinghamshire and the City but I’m reassured by the fact that we have always had a strong partnership base. Now, we must continue to work hard to maintain and improve it further."
Posted on Thursday 19th October 2017