Three police forces failed to record thousands of crimes a year, the police watchdog has said.
South Yorkshire Police “requires improvement” four years after criticism about the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said improvements were made but staff “did not understand” recording rules.
Cleveland Police was rated “inadequate” and Bedfordshire Police “requires improvement”.
The latest reports show nine out of 26 forces inspected since 2016 are “inadequate” and are failing to record between one in six and one four crimes reported to them.