Crimes must be properly recorded

Dear Editor,

The recent inspection of Greater Manchester Police which found that as many as 38,000 crimes each year had failed to be reported goes to show that Labour Police Chief Tony Lloyd still has plenty of work to do before his role is transferred to the new Greater Manchester Mayor.

Public confidence in our police forces must be an absolute priority as without it, we simply open the doors for more criminal and anti-social behaviour. police2

If Greater Manchester Police continue to smokescreen the public by not recording so many crimes, sadly it will mean that victims of crime will eventually come to the conclusion that it is pointless to report issues they witness.

I hope the new IT system that comes into place soon will mean that a higher proportion of crimes are reported within the system, however public sector agencies have poor form when it comes to introducing such systems. Therefore sadly, I won’t be holding my breath.

Yours sincerely

Paul Nuttall MEP