NORTHUMBRIA Police have launched a probe after some rape cases were incorrectly labelled as “no crime”.
Each time a rape is reported, it is recorded as a crime before any investigation takes place. If the victim then tells officers that no rape actually took place, it is listed as a “no crime”.
So far this year there have been 33 rapes subsequently “no crimed”.
However, 11 of those will now be looked at again by the force’s Professional Standards Department to determine whether or not they have been properly dealt with.
Those involved in the identified cases so far have been moved to other duties, until the full circumstances have been determined.
All victims identified in the cases will be contacted by officers.
The blunder came to light during a recent audit by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
Chief Constable Sue Sim aid: “As soon as I became aware of the issue, I instructed a comprehensive investigation of all reported rape cases since October 2011, where a “no crime” of rape has subsequently been recorded.
“As an interim measure, those dealing with any case where decisions are being further examined have been moved. This is not to pre-judge the outcome of the investigation, but to reassure the public that we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure professional standards are maintained.
“If any officer has failed to reach the high standards expected of them, this will be dealt with through the proper procedures.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird added: “I have reviewed the cases and did have grave concerns, asking that a number be looked at again.
“This has happened and appropriate action is now being taken.
“I’m fully supportive of the prompt action the Chief Constable has taken and I’m confident that a thorough investigation will take place.”