Crime statistics to be independent of police

A new, independent Crime Statistics Agency will be established in July, removing responsibility from Victoria Police. The accuracy of published crime statistics has been controversial: “in 2011 … an ombudsman’s report found police released incomplete and misleading data on the eve of the 2010 state election claiming a big drop in CBD assaults. Simon Overland resigned as police chief commissioner hours after the report was released.” The new agency will ensure crime data is not manipulated. Police Minister Kim Wells said, “It’s important that they work independently of Government and independent of police.