Dated: 01 Nov 2013
NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED
POLICY TITLE: Data Quality
OWNING DIRECTORATE: Major Crime & Intelligence
AUTHOR: Records, Crime Department
CONTACT DETAILS: 101 Ext. 60669
EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete
MOPI ASSESSMENT: Compliant
AIM OF POLICY: To ensure that information obtained and held by Northumbria Police, be it in electronic format or hardcopy document, meets the criteria of being accurate, adequate, relevant and timely and is thereby in alignment with the Management of Police Information (MoPI) Code of Practice and Guidance and consequently fit for purpose.
BENEFIT OF POLICY: It establishes a point of reference for staff, setting out the data quality principles within Northumbria Police and will assist in ensuring that critical decisions are based on reliable and complete information.
REASON FOR POLICY: Northumbria Police is committed to the principles for managing information as laid out in the Management of Police Information Code of Practice (2005) and Guidance (2010).
DESCRIPTION OF POLICY:
Northumbria Police will ensure that a professional and consistent approach is maintained when collecting and recording information, and that a high standard of information is input into its systems. This is essential for ensuring that the correct links and associations can be made and for effective searching.
All Northumbria Police records / police information will comply with the data quality principles, as set out in the MoPI Guidance (2010), of being:
All staff will:
apply data quality principles to all police information which will ensure information is recorded for a policing purpose in the appropriate format for the business area in which it is held.
ensure checks are made to avoid creating duplicate records.
ensure links are made to existing records
ensure correct Government Protective Marking Scheme marking.
SOURCE DOCUMENT: Management of Police Information Code of Practice 2005 and Guidance 2010.
GROUPS AFFECTED: All officers and staff
ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None
This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.