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Emphasis on burglaries has impact on investigations into other offences

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The county’s police force is concentrating too much on burglaries, a watchdog has claimed.

West Yorkshire Police was one of 18 forces nationwide which received neither a “good” nor “outstanding” rating for the way it investigated offences.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that officers could make improvements in this area, following concerns that a great amount of resources were being diverted into dealing with particular offences.

“The force uses a wide range of investigative tactics with real drive and determination to resolve its long-standing burglary problem,” said the watchdog’s official report.

“Accredited investigators are used to investigate more serious crimes, but the allocation and supervision of less serious crimes is inconsistent.

“Burglary is a clear priority for the force, but the investigation of other crime types has suffered as a consequence with additional focus required on those that have a level of threat, risk and harm.”

However, the force did receive praise for its work in tackling anti-social behaviour and the HMIC also found that overall Yorkshire’s largest constabulary was good at reducing crime levels.

Reacting to concerns about a possible overemphasis on burglary, Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said that officers were now looking at increasing prioritisation of other offences, including sexual exploitation of children.

At Lester Morrill, our solicitors have considerable experience advising clients who face a range of theft charges, including burglary. For more details on how our Leeds-based team can assist you, contact us today.

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