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Crime Of The Century - A Chilling Look At Crime Statistics In The UK


Contact Management Programme (NCMP). In 2007 governance at ACPO level moved to the Citizen Focus Business Area though the project team remains within the NPIA.


In September 2007, following publication of the Audit Commission Police Data Quality Report 2006/7, the NCMP Steering Group requested that the NCMP Assisted Implementation Team carry out a Baseline Review of NSIR. It was felt that it was the right time to take stock of NSIR implementation nationally; assess compliance with the Standard, recognise areas of good practice and identify how best the Home Office, NPIA, ACPO, APA and forces themselves could best continue to support development of the NSIR.


It is important to look briefly at the background to the creation of the National Standard for Incident Recording.


The Way Forward report published in October 2003 outlined the key findings of a review of non-crime and non-notifiable crime incidents. It found that:


• There were no-common recording practices in relation to incidents (who, what, when, where and how). • There was no common understanding of incident types (i.e. no definitions). • The most commonly used closure code was 'miscellaneous' or 'other' (over 50% in a number of forces). • Notifiable crime only related to about 20% of all incidents. • Resourcing such matters costs between £4 and £5 Billion per year.


To ensure that the Standard was suitable for implementation by April 2005 a pilot approach was agreed. The idea of this phase was to test and challenge the design of NSIR, to further develop the Standard and to explore the potential uses of the data to ensure that it truly adds value and provides a consistent customer focused approach.


Work by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) in October 2004 further confirmed the value of establishing NSIR. Their overarching recommendation was that NSIR is a 'feasible, valuable and timely policing development'.


During the 2005-6 baseline trial it became clear that, rather than just having an NSIR Notifiable List of Incidents (NLI), if all those incidents and activities with which the Police are involved were to be captured then the NLI would need to be extended to a full National Incident Category List (NICL).


Following the testing of NICL (which included a one day national test involving all Forces) and its sign off by the NSIR Steering Group it has been agreed that changes to the Standard will be restricted to once a year, in April, to reduce confusion and inconsistency. Minor points of clarification will not be subject to such a restriction and will be circulated as and when required.


It is important to acknowledge that, as NSIR will manage the capture and recording of 72


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