Back­ing for changes to crime re­ports

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The county’s po­lice com­mis­sioner has given her back­ing to plans by Ash­ford MP Damian Green to change the way crimes are recorded.

The gov­ern­ment min­is­ter in charge of polic­ing, is adding 12 new de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions to the un­de­tected cat­e­gory of crime re­ports, which cover cases that do not re­sult in crim­i­nal charges be­ing brought.

Kent Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, Ann Barnes, wel­comed the move, say­ing: “Vic­tims of crime get re­ally wound up by the word un­de­tected. They want the of­fence against them solved and the of­fender brought to jus­tice. If this is not the case, peo­ple ex­pect, and de­serve at the very least, some kind of ex­pla­na­tion.

“This re­ally is a sen­si­ble and long-awaited change that supports the po­lice by al­low­ing them to give a rea­son why a prose­cu­tion can­not take place, of­ten be­cause of cir­cum­stances be­yond their con­trol.”

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