ARGUS COMMENT: So Gwent's PCC was right all along

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GWENT'S Police and Crime Commissioner caused something of a storm when, shortly after being elected, he questioned the accuracy of crime figures.

Ian Johnston's suggestion that some crimes were being recorded incorrectly and that this could mean figures looked better than they were provoked a row with the chief constable at the time, Carmel Napier, that was the precursor to her controversial departure from the force.

It would now appear Mr Johnston was quite right to turn over a few stones.

A new report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary highlights Mr Johnston's review and also shows the effect it is having on other forces in England and Wales.

The Crime Data Integrity Report makes some recommendations for improvement for Gwent Police but generally says the force has improved the accuracy of its crime reporting.

One effect of the changes Mr Johnston has brought in has been an increase in recorded crime levels for the force.

This is now replicated in 29 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, proving Mr Johnston's point that crime was not being recorded properly across the country.

Hopefully this is a watershed moment for crime recording.

While the most important factor for the public is the standard of service they receive from the police, they also need to have faith in the crime statistics their local force produces.

It would appear Mr Johnston was right all along.

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10:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Jonnytrouble says...

As a Council Tax payer who has to pay a proportion towards the up keeping of Gwent Police... I say what a shame that the ' real criminal ' got away with falsifying crime figures in the past and retires on a nice fat Police pension !
As a Council Tax payer who has to pay a proportion towards the up keeping of Gwent Police... I say what a shame that the ' real criminal ' got away with falsifying crime figures in the past and retires on a nice fat Police pension ! Jonnytrouble
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10:41pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Jonnytrouble says...

What a shame that as a Council tax payer who pays a proportion of his taxes like many others in the up keep of Gwent Police hear this and that the person who was in charge at that time so happened to 'carelessly ' ?got the figures wrong and has most probably retired on a nice fat police pension payed for by who ? JOE PUBLIC !
What a shame that as a Council tax payer who pays a proportion of his taxes like many others in the up keep of Gwent Police hear this and that the person who was in charge at that time so happened to 'carelessly ' ?got the figures wrong and has most probably retired on a nice fat police pension payed for by who ? JOE PUBLIC ! Jonnytrouble
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4:23pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Pearly13 says...

Morons! The pension was earned and contributed to for 30 years. The REAL ISSUE is that Carmel accepted a performance enhancement based on dodgy figures when her deputy ( now the Chief) did not! He obviously knew what was going on. Didn't that used to be called a deception?
Morons! The pension was earned and contributed to for 30 years. The REAL ISSUE is that Carmel accepted a performance enhancement based on dodgy figures when her deputy ( now the Chief) did not! He obviously knew what was going on. Didn't that used to be called a deception? Pearly13
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11:22pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Jak777 says...

Why has no criminal investigation taken place. Its simply a criminal offence or gross incompetency either way it should result in an investigation . Although transparency has never been on the cards for gwent police, as that might lead to accountability honesty and integrity. The irony is their are proportionately more criminals in gwent police than society in general









accountability honesty and integrity just like a professional police force
Why has no criminal investigation taken place. Its simply a criminal offence or gross incompetency either way it should result in an investigation . Although transparency has never been on the cards for gwent police, as that might lead to accountability honesty and integrity. The irony is their are proportionately more criminals in gwent police than society in general accountability honesty and integrity just like a professional police force Jak777
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