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Recorded Crime: Comparability of Police Scotland and Legacy Force Data

The Recorded Crime: Comparability of Police Scotland and Legacy Force Data report presents the findings from a technical comparability exercise alongside an assessment of the quality of the recorded crime data supplied by the police. The Scottish Government publishes an annual Recorded Crime in Scotland bulletin. This presents statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland by crime group and by local authority. The data presented in the Recorded Crime in Scotland bulletin series, alongside the findings of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, are used by a variety of users from different sectors, including the public, private and academic sectors, for a range of reasons including monitoring trends, for policy, research and development, and for research purposes.

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 changed policing in Scotland, replacing the previous eight police forces, the Scottish Police Services Authority and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency from 1 April 2013. The Police Service of Scotland (referred to as Police Scotland throughout this report) is now responsible for operational policing in Scotland and is held to account by the Scottish Police Authority.

There were two aims to this technical report:

  • To investigate the comparability of ScOMIS data and legacy force data; and
  • Check the quality of recorded crime data supplied by the police.

The full report can be accessed here.