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Dyfed Powys put on HMI 'cause for concern' over crime recording

Dyfed-Powys Police has been issued with a cause for concern by HMI notice for failing to record thousands of crimes.

Dyfed-Powys Police is not recording around 4,400 crimes each year – despite being warned by HMICFRS two and a half years ago to take action.

HMI revealed the force has been issued with a cause for concern notice.

The inspectorate warned: “This process can be accelerated when a police forces' failures raise concerns about public safety – as is the case with Dyfed-Powys Police.”

It’s a big blow for Temporary Chief Constable Claire Parmenter who took over from Mark Collins last month. He retired after four years and is now Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police.

The statement revealed the force’s performance is even worse for violent crime, of which only 85.4 per cent of offences are being recorded – some involving domestic abuse or vulnerable victims.

It revealed that in 2018, an inspection first revealed the problem and a follow-up inspection in 2021 found that Dyfed-Powys had failed to make the expected improvements, with crime-recording levels broadly unchanged.

HMI has recommended that Dyfed-Powys Police should immediately:

The force also needs stability: as well as a Temporary Chief, the top team has two Temporary Assistant Chief Constables, a Temporary Deputy Chief Constable and two Temporary Chief Superintendents.

Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said: “I am particularly worried that victims of domestic abuse are being let down by Dyfed-Powys Police. Failing to record these crimes often results in vulnerable victims not being safeguarded properly and no investigation taking place.

“We told Dyfed-Powys Police to make improvements in crime recording two and a half years ago, yet it has still not made any progress.”

The force said work was already under way to improve performance and the latest changes had not been ready in time for the last HMI visit.

Dyfed-Powys Police T/Chief Constable, Claire Parmenter said: “We accept the concerns and recommendations published by HMICFRS in respect of crime data integrity. The force has plans in place to improve its crime recording and I am determined we will get this right.

“Since the previous HMICFRS inspection in 2018 we have made significant improvements in our response to Domestic Abuse victims, creating the vulnerability desk which provides real time intelligence to officers attending incidents of Domestic Abuse and ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are in place through a new partnership hub.”

She added corrective action had already brought the force on and new processes were set to begin from next month: “Recent audits in April evidenced we were achieving a 98% compliance for the completion of risk assessments. This ensures that every Domestic Abuse victim is looked after and kept safe.”

“We are already seeing improvements as a result of the swift additional action we have taken, achieving 100% crime recording compliance in respect of anti-social behaviour for February and March 2021 which is positive.”

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