Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) has highly commended Cheshire Constabulary for its positive performance.
Over the past 12 months HMICFRS has been independently assessing how well police forces across England and Wales perform as part of the annual PEEL inspection (into efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy).
Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep the communities of Cheshire safe. Officers and staff are there in times of need, as well as supporting people who may be victims of crime.
“We are all proud of the very positive assessment HMICFS has made about Cheshire Constabulary and I’m pleased that they have recognised that the force provides a consistently good service to the people of Cheshire – we have been rated ‘good’ overall for efficiency, legitimacy and effectiveness.
“In particular we have been highly praised for a number of key areas including our commitment to protecting vulnerable people and for reducing crime. We were also commended for our innovation in predicting likely future demand, robust priority-based budgeting and excellent collaboration with other police forces and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.”
HIMCFRS also recognised that the Constabulary treats members of the public and its own workforce with fairness and respect; noting that the organisation demonstrates a strong focus on wellbeing and leadership development.
It also praised the improvements that the Constabulary has made in monitoring its use of stop and search powers, and the hard work that is being undertaken to continually improve efforts to tackle organised crime gangs and protect vulnerable people.
One area of improvement that was identified was crime recording. While HMICFRS noted that improvements had been made since the last inspection, it stated that further improvements still need to be made.
Acting Chief Constable McCormick added: “I acknowledge the concerns that have been raised and we are working to ensure that our crime recording is always victim focused and puts all victims, especially the vulnerable, at the heart of what we do.
“To make sure we succeed in our aims we have taken a number of steps including updating policies, extra training for officers and staff and a dedicated learning area on our Intranet.
“Overall, this report is great news for the Constabulary and for the people of Cheshire. It reflects the hard work and commitment of every officer and member of staff including the Specials and volunteers who support us on a daily basis.”