Rape victims are let down

This Is Wiltshire: The police inspectorate found flaws in the way Wiltshire Police recorded and resolved sexual crimes The police inspectorate found flaws in the way Wiltshire Police recorded and resolved sexual crimes

RAPE crimes being settled by community resolutions have been branded unacceptable by the police inspectorate in a report into data handling.

An extensive assessment of crime recording practices within Wiltshire Police was published this week and underlines flaws in the system while acknowledging work is being done.

After the force accepted in 2013 that sexual offences figures were being manipulated to portray a more positive outcome, the latest checks reveal that 58 serious sexual offence cases, including five rapes, were resolved by community resolution rather than court.

HMIC have urged the force to implement immediate steps to reinforce data recording and to establish an operating training system for all staff responsible for data within six months.

The report said: “The force does not routinely audit incident and crime records to assess their accuracy, and there is no flexibility within the work of the audit team.

“In the absence of a wider audit regime, there was little evidence of corrective action being extended out to frontline teams or individual officers where crime recording errors were discovered.

“We examined 55 reports which were recorded separately on the public protection unit systems.

“We found that of those 55 reports, 16 should have been recorded as crimes. The force had recorded eight crimes, which were all correctly classified, but three were recorded outside of the 72-hour limit allowed by the HOCR.

“As some of these records related to sexual offences and assaults on vulnerable adults and children, this is a great cause for concern and is a matter of material and urgent importance.

“Wiltshire Police does not have a policy on how rape crimes should be accurately and ethically recorded; however, officers and staff have an understanding of the need for ethical and accurate recording of rape crime.

“The force has made a considerable investment into understanding reports of rape received by all reporting routes.

“This has enabled the force to have a greater degree of confidence in its ability to demonstrate oversight of these routes.

“There is a noticeable change of direction being signalled by the current chief officer team and staff welcome the freedom to record crime accurately without having to worry about any impact on crime performance levels. There are signs of senior managers being encouraged to pursue positive crime data integrity approaches.

“An internal report concludes that ‘Wiltshire Police has intentionally or inadvertently, manipulated the recording of sexual offences and thereby improved the perception of performance’.

“This report estimates the number of rapes not recorded at around 50, and that in the year 2012/13 around 30 serious sexual offences were dealt with by way of community resolutions including rape and sexual activity with a child. The latest force checks have identified some 58 such outcomes, of which, in the previous year, five were rape crimes. This is unacceptable.”

Detective Superintendent Ian Saunders, head of Crime Standards and Justice at Wilshire Police said: “We welcome the findings of this report and recognise the concerns identified regarding some of our crime-recording processes.

“Wiltshire Police is committed to the accuracy of crime recording as we recognise the vital role it plays in securing justice for victims, providing the public with confidence in our practices and providing accurate information on which the organisation can deploy resources.

“HMIC came to inspect Wiltshire Police in March 2014 and we have already taken steps to investigate and identify changes to the processes and systems we use since this inspection.

“We will now review the recommendations made by HMIC and take any further, appropriate action where required.

“In the last few years, Wiltshire Police has undertaken considerable training in our crime recording procedures and, as such, improvements have been made to these practices.

“Some of the specific case studies mentioned in the HMIC report are currently subject to investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission following voluntary referrals made by Wiltshire Police so it would be inappropriate to comment further on these.

“Wiltshire Police recognise the seriousness of the concerns raised and will continue to work towards rectifying these.”

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7:02am Sat 30 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

The victims of crime are relentlessly failed by the Criminal Justice System - something we're now forced to fund purely for the benefit and support of criminals.

A 'community resolution', ie, no punishment whatsoever, for rape? The second worst crime it's possible to commit and all the rapist has to do is pretend to say 'sorry'?

Absolutely appalling. Why we stand for this utter nonsense is completely beyond me.
The victims of crime are relentlessly failed by the Criminal Justice System - something we're now forced to fund purely for the benefit and support of criminals. A 'community resolution', ie, no punishment whatsoever, for rape? The second worst crime it's possible to commit and all the rapist has to do is pretend to say 'sorry'? Absolutely appalling. Why we stand for this utter nonsense is completely beyond me. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 36

12:53pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Oik1 says...

It's not often I agree with you or your sentiments Sandor Clegane but your post sums up this very sad situation perfectly, any person brave enough to report a rape should be supported to the hilt from start to finish, that being the reporting of the rape to the sentencing of the rapist, it should always be a long jail term and nothing less.
It's not often I agree with you or your sentiments Sandor Clegane but your post sums up this very sad situation perfectly, any person brave enough to report a rape should be supported to the hilt from start to finish, that being the reporting of the rape to the sentencing of the rapist, it should always be a long jail term and nothing less. Oik1
  • Score: 13

2:04pm Sat 30 Aug 14

dukeofM4 says...

Perhaps condom manufacturers should also include a Sexual Activity Consent Agreement (SACA) to be signed by both parties prior to relations, dated, and valid for that night.

Or better still have an app on your smartphone where both parties tick off yes and than a confirmation email is sent out to both by some sort of secured server.

Thereby it would make it difficult for each party to make accusations 10, 20 or 50 years later.

That's the world. About the only room in the house the Government doesn't regulate anymore is in the loo, by yourself, and the door locked.
Perhaps condom manufacturers should also include a Sexual Activity Consent Agreement (SACA) to be signed by both parties prior to relations, dated, and valid for that night. Or better still have an app on your smartphone where both parties tick off yes and than a confirmation email is sent out to both by some sort of secured server. Thereby it would make it difficult for each party to make accusations 10, 20 or 50 years later. That's the world. About the only room in the house the Government doesn't regulate anymore is in the loo, by yourself, and the door locked. dukeofM4
  • Score: -1

3:04pm Sat 30 Aug 14

underdogs says...

A good story that contains important information for Wiltshires public to know about. VERY unfortunate however that the accurate and truthful comments made by Sandour Clegane and Oik 1 should receive negative scores !!! Maybe the ' establishment ' dont accept the truth of their many repeated failings should be made public ?
A good story that contains important information for Wiltshires public to know about. VERY unfortunate however that the accurate and truthful comments made by Sandour Clegane and Oik 1 should receive negative scores !!! Maybe the ' establishment ' dont accept the truth of their many repeated failings should be made public ? underdogs
  • Score: 15

3:46pm Sat 30 Aug 14

dukeofM4 says...

@Underdogs - Or perhaps 24 people simply don't agree with their statements?

Every young man should have a SACA signed and kept in a safe place for future reference. Then in 2055 when he's hauled into Gablecross about some historical sex crime, he can waive the SACA in front of the coppers.

If the female persuasion wants to engage in hanky panky they should have no problem signing a SACA to mitigate a bloke's legal exposure to gender biased laws.
@Underdogs - Or perhaps 24 people simply don't agree with their statements? Every young man should have a SACA signed and kept in a safe place for future reference. Then in 2055 when he's hauled into Gablecross about some historical sex crime, he can waive the SACA in front of the coppers. If the female persuasion wants to engage in hanky panky they should have no problem signing a SACA to mitigate a bloke's legal exposure to gender biased laws. dukeofM4
  • Score: -4

5:10pm Sat 30 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

underdogs wrote:
A good story that contains important information for Wiltshires public to know about. VERY unfortunate however that the accurate and truthful comments made by Sandour Clegane and Oik 1 should receive negative scores !!! Maybe the ' establishment ' dont accept the truth of their many repeated failings should be made public ?
This is an extremely difficult issue and there will always be incorrect decisions on both sides. Like you I am surprised at the number of negative thumbs as they are both right, but it just shows how attitudes are manipulated and how so many put on their rose tinted spectacles and stick their heads very firmly up their backsides and have no clue of how the real world works out there from their safe little lives.

The legal system lets everyone down and is a complete joke, lets see what happens to the nasty piece of work arrested for the death on Thamesdown, even if he does go down in a few years he will be back out and back behind the wheel and back to his life again but the victim will still be dead. Just how is that justice for him, his family or the public at large?????
[quote][p][bold]underdogs[/bold] wrote: A good story that contains important information for Wiltshires public to know about. VERY unfortunate however that the accurate and truthful comments made by Sandour Clegane and Oik 1 should receive negative scores !!! Maybe the ' establishment ' dont accept the truth of their many repeated failings should be made public ?[/p][/quote]This is an extremely difficult issue and there will always be incorrect decisions on both sides. Like you I am surprised at the number of negative thumbs as they are both right, but it just shows how attitudes are manipulated and how so many put on their rose tinted spectacles and stick their heads very firmly up their backsides and have no clue of how the real world works out there from their safe little lives. The legal system lets everyone down and is a complete joke, lets see what happens to the nasty piece of work arrested for the death on Thamesdown, even if he does go down in a few years he will be back out and back behind the wheel and back to his life again but the victim will still be dead. Just how is that justice for him, his family or the public at large????? house on the hill
  • Score: 8

10:44am Sun 31 Aug 14

Hmmmf says...

Sando Clegane wrote:
The victims of crime are relentlessly failed by the Criminal Justice System - something we're now forced to fund purely for the benefit and support of criminals.

Including £78,739 for training community volunteers to support sex offenders returning from prison to the community. http://goo.gl/XOUZhN
[quote][p][bold]Sando Clegane[/bold] wrote: The victims of crime are relentlessly failed by the Criminal Justice System - something we're now forced to fund purely for the benefit and support of criminals.[/quote] Including £78,739 for training community volunteers to support sex offenders returning from prison to the community. http://goo.gl/XOUZhN Hmmmf
  • Score: 9

5:51pm Mon 1 Sep 14

messyits says...

Some good comments here--however the comments by Lord Stoddart today as to the lad with a brain tumour. The boys parents are being treated as common criminals for simply seeking treatment the NHS does not provide--shocking to say the least.
Some good comments here--however the comments by Lord Stoddart today as to the lad with a brain tumour. The boys parents are being treated as common criminals for simply seeking treatment the NHS does not provide--shocking to say the least. messyits
  • Score: -2

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