HMICFRS commends Merseyside Police for the ‘significant progress’ made in improving crime-recording

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Merseyside Police has made great progress in improving how it records crimes, according to a re-visit inspection report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

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Merseyside Police: Crime Data Integrity re-inspection 2018

An initial inspection by HMICFRS in 2016 concluded that crime recording arrangements at Merseyside Police were of “great concern”, resulting in an overall judgment of ‘inadequate’. HMCIFRS has since carried out a re-visit inspection which found that the force had made significant progress, and is now judged to be ‘good’.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said:

“I commend Merseyside Police for the significant progress it has made in such a short time. It has responded well to our 2016 inspection, provided good training to its workforce and substantially improved its recording of violent and serious sexual crimes.

“It is clear that all staff have worked hard to improve the service the force provides, taking immediate steps to address the problems we identified in our last inspection.

“However, some types of crime – particularly complicated crime, such as rape, domestic abuse and modern slavery – are still under-recorded, which needs to be addressed urgently. I am confident that Merseyside Police will continue to build on the excellent work it has done and make progress in the areas we have identified for improvement.”

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Merseyside 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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