Thursday 19 February 2015

Police Scotland Loses Custody of over 20,000 records

The admission came as senior officers appeared before a committee of MSPs at Holyrood.
Among them was Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, who said he had apologised for giving incorrect information to the police watchdog over stop and search statistics.
He was referring to comments made to the Scottish Police Authority.
Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson told the committee that a total of 20,086 records had been lost because a "computer programmer pressed the wrong button between May and July last year".
The figures suggested that 356 children were searched by police after the pledge to end the practice was made.
At last week's special meeting of the Scottish Police Authority, senior officers blamed a "clunky" ICT system and problems with the recording of incidents for inaccuracies in the data they had provided to the BBC.
They said analysis of the figures now suggested that only 18 of the searches had been contrary to force policy.

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