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The grey figure of crime: If it isn’t crimed, it hasn’t happened

Aplin, Rachael ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1623-922X (2019) The grey figure of crime: If it isn’t crimed, it hasn’t happened. In: Policing UK Honour-Based Abuse Crime. Springer

Aplin (2019) Prepublication copy of ch 4 grey figure of crime pp. 101-152..pdf - Accepted Version

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Aplin highlights that “cuffing” crimes is an enduring discretionary police practice. Sixty-nine per cent of HBA cases (and 89% of incidents over three years) are not recorded as crimes, despite evidence of criminal offences. In justifying no-crime decisions, officers rely on perceived legalities and formal rules, such as the NCRS requirement for “victim confirmation” of crimes, as well as bias and subjective judgement. Performance target pressures and pre-empting CPS no-charge decisions are also explored. Overwhelmingly, findings illustrate that victim reluctance adversely impacts officer’s no-crime decisions. Manufacturing victim reluctance is effective in validating police inaction and in officers circumventing perceived “wasted workload.” If it is not crimed, it has technically “not happened,” which abrogates officers of responsibilities around investigation, prosecution and safeguarding.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18430-8_4
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7427

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