Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) independently assess police forces and policing in the public interest.
Cleveland Police has been rated as outstanding for ensuring financial security in the short term and long term, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). The report also rated the Force as good when it comes to having an affordable way of delivering policing, and good in relation to the Force being efficient.
The overall rating for Cleveland Police in relation to value for money is good. It recognises that a strong vision and effective leadership has enabled the Force to make good overall progress in meeting its tough financial challenge. This is despite Cleveland Police having one of the highest saving requirements in England and Wales.
The report details how the Force has worked hard to protect its frontline crime fighting roles whilst transforming the way policing is delivered through new models and collaboration to get better value for money from fewer resources – this is with minimal impact on the service to the public. It also describes a 6% increase in officers allocated to visible roles within the Force since 2010, and that 13% of people feel safer from crime in Cleveland than they did two years ago, compared with only 9% across the rest of England and Wales.
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer said: “A great deal of work and planning has taken place over the last few years to respond to the financial challenges we have faced and I’m pleased that HMIC has recognised these efforts. “Our restructured Force model makes sense as it allows us to be more streamlined and efficient with the resources we have available whilst delivering frontline policing, which will continue to be our aim.
"I want to say a huge thank you to our officers, staff and partner agencies for working through our change process and helping us to implement our new structure, whilst continuing to provide a good service to the public. Our future plans have been shown to be strong and effective, but we do still have a long way to go and some difficult decisions still have to be made.
“Cleveland Police has faced a number of challenges over recent times and I hope that this report shows the tremendous achievements in the face of adversity. It’s really important to me that the public can see that we have moved on from the past and that we are equipping ourselves for the best possible future.”
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Everyone in Cleveland Police should be proud of what HMIC has found during this inspection as it truly reflects a police force which has faced its challenges head on and worked innovatively to find solutions.
“Cleveland Police has not buried its head in the sand in the face of relentless cuts; it has found new ways of working with neighbourhood policing as its cornerstone.
“I’m pleased that the energy and drive of officers at the helm of the Force and the improvements they have made have been recognised and that collaborative efforts and partnerships have been applauded.
“However we need to recognise that significant financial challenges remain for the Force over the next few years, and I will continue to scrutinise the accounts to ensure that the progress made so far continues.”
HMIC Inspection Reports (Links to HMIC website)
Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge (Cleveland Police Report)
Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge (National Report)
Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge (HMIC Press Release)
Posted on Tuesday 22nd July 2014