Today, Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC) published the national thematic inspection "Core Business: An inspection of Crime Prevention, Police Attendance and Use of Police Time". This inspection assessed three areas of police work. These were:
- how well forces are preventing crime and anti-social behaviour;
- how forces respond to reports of crime, including investigating crime and bringing offenders to justice; and
- how well forces are freeing up the time of their staff so they can focus on core policing functions.
The report can be found on the the HMIC website via this link
On release of the findings, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: "One of the most important things is that Cleveland Police provides an efficient and effective service to the communities in Cleveland. While there are some areas for improvement both at a local and national level, I’m aware that the Force has taken steps to start addressing the issues and it is certainly moving in the right direction."
Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Iain Spittal said: "We are working our way through the national recommendations for all forces, as well as the specific areas for improvement that were outlined for Cleveland. I am pleased that HMIC also highlighted that there are many areas of good practice in the force, including long-term crime prevention initiatives, use of an electronic database to help prevent crime in neighbourhoods, proactive use of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR).
"The report also highlighted that we have a good process in place to manage offenders, as well as good checking systems to monitor the quality of service we deliver to the public.
"We are currently developing a much more detailed understanding of "demand" across the force area, in order that we can become more effective into the future and we have also invested in new technology to enable officers to access force systems while they are on patrol, when completed this will save officer and staff time. Overall I’m reassured by HMIC’s opinion of Cleveland Police, we are not complacent and recognise that we will need to continue to develop and improve the services we deliver to our communities in order to protect them from harm."
Click here to read the findings of the report in a letter from HMI Roger Baker to Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer on 3 September 2014.
Posted on Thursday 4th September 2014