Scottish Crime Recording Standard: Crime Recording and Counting Rules

Crime recording and counting rules for the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS). These are overseen, approved, maintained and developed by the Scottish Crime Recording Board (SCRB).

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Counting Rules for Recorded Crime

The Counting Rules provide a national standard for the recording and counting of crimes and offences recorded by the Police Service of Scotland (Police Scotland), known as 'recorded crime'. The Rules were devised to take account of the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS) which was introduced on 1st April, 2004 with the aim of providing a more victim orientated approach to the recording of crime and ensuring uniformity in crime recording standards across Scotland.

The Scottish Crime Recording Board, chaired by the Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services comprises members of Police Scotland, Scottish Police Authority, British Transport Police, Ministry of Defence Police, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland and any other body that may be invited. The Board will act as guardian of and ultimate decision maker on issues relating to the Scottish Crime Recording Standard.

The Board will fulfil its purpose and objectives through a number of functions. These functions will remain under review over time, and some will be undertaken by supporting working groups. Further information is available on the Scottish Government internet pages.



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