HMICFRS encouraged by progress made by Greater Manchester Police to improve crime recording, however there is still work to do

Greater Manchester Police has improved its crime recording procedures but more work remains to be done, 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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Greater Manchester Police: Crime Data Integrity re-inspection 2018

HMICFRS carried out an initial crime data integrity inspection in 2016, in which Greater Manchester Police was judged as ‘inadequate’. Due to progress made since, the force is now judged ‘requires improvement’.

In 2016, HMICFRS found that the force recorded around 85 percent of the crimes reported to it. Our latest inspection shows the force has improved its recording rate to around 89 percent.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said:

“I am encouraged to see that progress has been made by Greater Manchester Police under the strong leadership of the deputy chief constable. The force has listened to our concerns and addressed many of the recommendations we made in our 2016 report. As a result, victims are getting a better service and the force has a better understanding of the real demand it faces.

“However, there is still some way to go. Some more complex crimes such as sexual offences and domestic abuse are still not being recorded accurately. It is vitally important that the force understands how domestic abuse crime affects its communities so it can work more effectively.

“Nevertheless, we did find strong evidence that vulnerable victims were properly safeguarded and received a good level of service. I am confident Greater Manchester Police is moving in the right direction and commend the hard work it has done so far. I look forward to seeing the force build on the progress it is making.”

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Greater Manchester 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.