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Home Office in the media

Home Office in the media: Tuesday 8 October

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Home Office in the media

Today's leading stories include reports on police crime recording and knife crime.

Crime recording

The Telegraph, Sun and Metro report on findings by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) that police forces are failing to record thousands of crimes, including harassment, stalking, and coercive behaviour.

The newspapers say new HMICFRS figures show a gap between the number of incidents that are reported and the number of incidents that are then logged appropriately.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

Forces are moving at pace to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next three years and we expect the police to take all crimes seriously.

It is the responsibility of Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners to make sure criminal cases are investigated properly and set priorities which reflect the concerns of the people they serve.

Knife crime

The Mirror reports on comments by Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire who says that police efforts to tackle knife crime are hindered by a lack of detectives.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

We are taking action to tackle the violent crime which has such a devastating impact on our communities.

This includes supporting the police by recruiting 20,000 new police officers, making it easier for them to use stop and search powers and investing 10 million in additional funding to increase the number of officers carrying Tasers.

The Home Secretary announced a series of measures worth £20 million aimed at tackling county lines-linked crime including expanding the National County Lines Co-ordination centre.

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