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Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes slams under reporting of crimes

PUBLISHED: 12:41 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 17 June 2013

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes

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Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes expressed her "anger and utter dismay" that 10 per cent of crimes recorded in the county are "under reported."

A report she commissioned, released today and undertaken by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Miss Barnes says this shows some crime victims are not getting the service they deserve and called for a national investigation into figures.

She said: “I’m staggered that ten per of crimes are not being correctly recorded and it is utterly unacceptable.

“I despair for some of the victims of crime who have been very poorly served, as every single victim of crime should receive a quality service. They must be at the heart of the policing service in Kent.”

Of 303 cases examined in the report, 90 per cent were recorded correctly and Miss Barnes said less crimes are being recorded in the county than ever before.

The commissioner has asked HMIC to return in December 2013 to further investigate the crime recording figures and to see what progress has been made.

Miss Barnes added: “I will not make a knee jerk reaction having received these findings as I need to now step back and digest them.

“I have always said this report will be in the public domain and I will be holding a public meeting with the chief constable and HMIC to discuss this matter further.”

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