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Statement from Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner - HMICFRS Data Integrity Report

Matthew Barber, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

 “I am disappointed with the findings of the HMICFRS Thames Valley Police Crime Data Integrity report.  Clearly, there is work that needs to be done by Thames Valley Police to improve the level and accuracy of crime recording.  The public need to feel confident that the police are providing an accurate picture of crime and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and I will be closely monitoring the progress of the Force in addressing these issues and holding the Chief Constable to account in responding to the recommendations.

 “It’s​ ​vital​ ​that​ ​victims​ ​feel​ ​assured​ ​that​ ​on​ ​reporting​ ​a​ ​crime,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​be​ ​supported​ ​appropriately​ ​and​ ​I​ ​will be seeking reassurance from the Force that ​the​ ​way​ in which​ ​crime​ ​has​ ​been​ ​recorded​ ​by​ ​Thames​ ​Valley​ ​Police​ ​has​ not ​had​ ​an​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​level​ ​of​ ​service​ ​victims​ ​receive.​ ​The​ ​PCC​ ​and​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​monitoring​ improvements by the Force ​​to​ ​ensure​ ​victims​ ​are​ ​being​ ​offered​ ​the​ ​support​ ​they​ ​are​ ​entitled​ ​to​ ​and​ ​deserve.

“The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner continues to work to provide support for victims of crime through ‘Victims First’. The PCC funds services offering emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime who require additional help and any victim of crime can receive support through Victims First regardless of whether or not they choose to report the crime to the Police”.