Devon and Cornwall Police has made ‘great strides’ in improving its crime-recording accuracy

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Following a re-visit inspection, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has judged that due to the improvements made, the crime recording accuracy of Devon and Cornwall Police is now ‘good’. This shows a marked improvement since our initial inspection in 2016, at which we judged the force to be ‘inadequate’.

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Devon and Cornwall Police: Crime Data Integrity re-inspection 2018

HMICFRS’ re-inspection of Devon and Cornwall Police focused on the main areas of concern we identified in 2016: how it recorded violent crime and sexual offences.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said:

“Since our initial inspection in 2016, Devon and Cornwall Police has made great strides in improving how it records crime. In 2016, the force was judged as ‘inadequate’ in this area, which was of great concern. I am pleased to report that following our re-visit inspection, it is now judged as ‘good’.

“I am particularly pleased to see the force improve its recording of violent and sexual crimes, including rape and domestic abuse. The force also now more robustly supervises the quality of crime recording decisions, and now records modern slavery very well.

“These improvements are welcome changes which are testament to the leadership demonstrated by the force, which has worked hard to implement sustainable improvements. We consider that the force has achieved changes that will ensure a considerably improved service to victims of crime. We expect the force to continue to make further progress and to build on the improvements made so far. We will monitor progress, but the force should be commended for the efforts it has made so far.”

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Devon and Cornwall Police: Crime Data Integrity re-inspection 2018


  1. HMICFRS is an independent inspectorate, inspecting policing to promote improvements in policing that make everyone safer, and assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces to tackle crime and terrorism, improve criminal justice and raise confidence.
  2. On 19 July 2017, HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.
  3. HMICFRS inspects all 43 police forces in England and Wales together with other major policing and law enforcement bodies.
  4. HMICFRS is unable to make direct comparisons with the 2014 inspection due to a change in the methodology used. In particular, the 2014 inspection was a dip-sample of records in each force which contributed to a statistically robust rate for crime-recording accuracy for England and Wales, whereas this inspection is working to a statistically robust standard within each force.
  5. Forces that do not perform well in this inspection programme are subjected to re-visit inspections, to report on any progress made. The findings of these revisit inspections will be published during this rolling inspection programme.
  6. For further information, HMICFRS’ press office can be contacted from 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday on 020 3513 0600.
  7. HMICFRS’ out-of-hours press office line for urgent media enquiries is 07836 217729.


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