PEEL stands for the Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy programme.
Response of Barry Coppinger, Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) annual PEEL report into Cleveland Police.
“This report comes at a time when the force faces increasing demands upon its services and is dealing with unprecedented reductions in finances, officers and staff.
“Since 2010 the amount of funding received from Government has reduced by £27.6m in real terms, the depressing news is that we can expect further cuts of 20% to our funding over the next four years.
“It is pleasing, therefore, that the HMIC has rated the financial planning as outstanding and despite severe challenges, the Force has been judged as good in reducing crime, preventing offending and in investigating offending.
“I’m very concerned about HMIC’s judgement that the Force requires improvement in tackling antisocial behaviour and the conclusion that the Force doesn’t understand why levels are so high. I will be holding the Chief Constable to account on this and have asked that she puts a plan in place by the end of the calendar year, addressing the issues raised by HMIC.
“I also want police to analyse the information behind the statistics and produce a report which sets out in some detail what now constitutes antisocial behaviour on Teesside.
“Reducing antisocial behaviour is not a responsibility for the police alone, but it’s vital that the Force knows why incidents are high across Cleveland, otherwise work to tackle it will be fruitless over the longer term. We need action from the police, partners and the public – and where antisocial behaviour is caused by young people, parents also need to take responsibility.
“In my regular discussions and meetings with senior officers, I will be asking for updates on how we are improving our good practice and responding to HMIC’s recommendations and will be feeding back to the public on action taken through my engagement meetings across all wards in Cleveland.”
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said:
“I welcome the PEEL Assessment as it provides an independent view of what we are doing well and where we need to improve.
“We are clear that our role is to keep our communities safe and protect people from harm. We do this by prioritising how we use our resources and responding to the most serious risk and immediate harm to residents. It is pleasing we have been praised for our work in the areas of child sexual exploitation, safeguarding adults and children, dealing with organised crime, and for a strong commitment to identifying and managing vulnerable victims.
“The policing landscape has changed to include new crimes such as cyber, and combined with reducing resources means we have to adapt and find new ways of working as part of our financial plan, for which we have been highly praised.
“The new Force structure sees a Neighbourhood Policing Command consisting of neighbourhood teams, a Community Drug Enforcement Team and neighbourhood detectives. I make no excuse for expanding our neighbourhood function to tackle certain crime types, because crimes such as shoplifting affect our neighbourhoods and family businesses - for neighbourhoods to flourish, local businesses must be supported and we will continue to work with them to prevent and tackle the crimes which affect them.
“We accept that developing a better understanding the rate of antisocial behaviour must be prioritised and analysts have begun the difficult task of working out the science behind the numbers. Senior officers are aware of the local impact caused by antisocial behaviour and there is activity at a local level to solve issues and good joint working, which is recognised in the assessment.
“We do need to continue the debate locally as to why some people who live in the Cleveland think that it is acceptable to behave badly and damage property in the area in which they also live. Some of these people are adults, others are young people and we are asking parents for support in ensuring that they know what their children are doing each and every evening.
“We have faced the challenges of the last year and delivered policing to the best of our ability. It will become increasingly difficult to do everything as well as we would like and that the public quite rightly expect as we continue to deal with the significant cuts to our budget.
“I would like to thank our officers and staff for their ongoing commitment in the face of challenging times and to the public for their support for Cleveland Police.”
Click here to view the Cleveland PEEL Assessment Website
Click here to view the Cleveland PEEL Assessment Video with Michael Cunningham, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary
Posted on Thursday 27th November 2014