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Outcomes policy

Dated: 08 Aug 2018

POLICY TITLE: Outcomes Policy

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Corporate and Strategic Services

AUTHOR: Force Crime Registrar, Corporate Development

CONTACT DETAILS: 101, Ext: 36106



AIM OF POLICY: To ensure standardisation across the Force in relation to when and how to claim an outcome. The policy also identifies who will carry out the role of Dedicated Decision Maker (DDM) for authorising specific outcomes.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: Officers and staff will be clearly directed to comply with the Home Office Counting Rules (HOCR) in relation to claiming an outcome for recorded crime.

REASON FOR POLICY: To ensure that the Force complies with the HOCR for recorded crime and therefore have confidence in the reported data returns.


The finalisation of crimes will be in accordance with the HOCR for recorded crime.

Crime is recorded and outcomes are assigned by the police and other agencies to assist:

  • Both central and local government to establish whether their policies are effective in driving down crime, and to gain an understanding of the relative performance of policing and criminal justice providers within England and Wales.
  • The public in making informed decisions about the risk of crime to themselves as individuals and to allow judgments on how effective government and the police have been in tackling crime; and
  • In providing police and their partners data which informs the targeted use of resources and allows the relative effectiveness in different methodologies to be established.

References are made in the HOCR to the DDM. The DDM is responsible for reviewing and subsequently authorising various methods of disposal for cases. The DDM also decides if cases which have been referred back from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for whatever reason, should retain the outcome originally claimed.

The role of DDM will be carried out as follows:

Chief Inspector and authorised named officer who undertakes the responsibility of Acting Chief Inspector

  • Discontinued cases on the ground of insufficient evidence
  • The offender dies before proceedings could be initiated or completed (indictable only or sexual offences)
  • Alternate offence rule for Homicide and Rape

Authorised Inspector or Sergeant

  • Offences Taken into Consideration
  • Alternate offence rule (all other offences)

The grounds for each of the above outcomes must be clearly documented with reasons for the decisions made recorded on a Detection / Review screen (AU) of each crime. The DDM must ensure that all conditions outlined in HOCR are met.

SOURCE DOCUMENT: Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime

GROUPS AFFECTED: All Operational Staff


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