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Criminal justice system – reliability and integration of data

Policy Online carries a link (26.4.17) to a Queensland Audit Office report which examines how well Queensland’s criminal justice entities capture, report and use data, ensuring its reliability and integration across the justice system.

‘The Queensland Police Service has an unacceptable amount of crime data across the state that is incomplete, inaccurate, and wrongly classified. Contributing to this are officers’ poor understanding or use of data classification rules, poor guidance, inappropriate data classification practices and inadequate quality assurance controls. As a result, reported crime statistics are questionable at best and unreliable at worst, and should be treated with caution.

‘Underlying the crime statistics, we undertook a statewide assessment of Queensland Police QPRIME system data. Between 2010–11 and 2015–16, we found 22 per cent of all occurrence reports with reportable offences recorded in the Queensland Police Records Information Management Exchange (QPRIME) system, were incomplete, inaccurate or both. We also identified trends in withdrawn and unfounded offences that warranted investigation.’

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