Warwickshire Police have been recognised as being good at reducing crime and keeping people safe.
Following Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) PEEL Effectiveness inspection of Warwickshire Police in 2016, HMIC has today published its report into ‘police effectiveness’ and has graded Warwickshire Police as good at reducing crime and keeping people safe.
Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: “I welcome the HMIC’s inspection report and I am pleased to see highlighted areas of work which continuously protect people from harm in Warwickshire.
The overall findings demonstrate the progress that Warwickshire Police has made since the last effectiveness inspection.
While the report recognises that there are some areas for the force to address, overall the HMIC said that “the public can feel confident that Warwickshire Police protects vulnerable people and support victims”
I am pleased that the HMIC findings reflect the hard work and commitment demonstrated by officers and staff in helping to protect our communities from harm and to achieve our aspiration of being great at protecting the most vulnerable”.
Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has also welcomed the improved findings by the police watchdog
The overall finding of ‘good’ demonstrates the progress Warwickshire Police has made in the last 12 months following the previous Police Effectiveness report.
It highlights advances made with digital investigations capability; the way in which the force tackles serious and organised crime; and also found that previous concerns about how the force responds to missing and absent children and more widely to vulnerable victims have all been addressed.
The HMIC inspectors also found that Warwickshire Police has good arrangements in place to respond to national threats, including being well-prepared to respond to an attack requiring an armed response.
While the report does make some further recommendations for the force to address, overall HMIC said that “the public can feel confident that Warwickshire Police protects vulnerable people and supports victims.”
Mr Seccombe said: “Ensuring that the force obtains as a minimum ‘good’ overall ratings in each main part of HMIC’s PEEL inspection programme is one of the firm pledges I made in my Police and Crime Plan. I am pleased that the progress towards this over the last 12 months has been recognised within the latest Effectiveness report. The ‘good’ rating follows on from the similar assessments in the earlier Efficiency and Legitimacy reports.
“HMIC’s findings reflect the hard work and commitment to serving local communities and protecting the vulnerable that is demonstrated by officers and police staff on a daily basis. There can be no complacency, however, and there are still areas which HMIC has identified where further improvements can be made.
“Warwickshire Police has a good track record of delivering against these recommendations and I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account to ensure that they are acted upon in the same constructive way.
“In addition, the investments I am making in new technology and mobile working will further help to ensure that Warwickshire Police continues to move forward, delivering a better service our local communities and victims of crime.”
To read the full HMIC Effectiveness Report is available by clicking here