Crime recorders to undergo new training

Police service responds to concerns over crime recording

​Police force crime registrars will begin their training and accreditation courses in the New Year, which will bring greater consistency to crime recording across the country.

At the first ever two-day conference for crime registrars last month, new plans for a professional register and assessed course were unveiled to delegates.  

College of Policing lead for the design of the force crime registrar training programme, Valerie Peacock, said:

"The new programme will ensure that every police force crime registrar receives standard training and guidance to bring greater consistency to crime recording across the country.

"To be eligible for the professional register, force crime registrars will have to pass an assessed course and ensure they keep their skills and knowledge sufficiently up to date. The first courses will start running in the New Year.

"In addition to our work with force crime registrars, we will also be looking at other elements of police training so that every officer has a better understanding of the wider importance of consistent data and research."

The audience also heard from the Crime Statistics Advisory Committee, Professor Stephen Shute, who hailed the force crime registrar role saying it was at the heart of maintaining public confidence. 

"Police force crime registrars play a vital role in the accurate recording and monitoring of crime data, which is at the heart of maintaining public confidence and guides policy decisions worth many millions of pounds," he said.

National policing lead for crime statistics, Chief Constable Jeff Farrar, said:

"Good quality crime statistics are not just part of building public confidence in policing; they also act as intelligence, help us to understand demand on policing and inform government policy.

"We are working towards creating the best crime recording system in the world that is consistently applied, delivers trusted statistics and has the needs of victims and public confidence at its core.

"The development of this training and accreditation programme is an important step in delivering that ambition."

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