The Constabulary has been awarded 'silver' accreditation by Investors in People (IiP) – putting it in the top 10 per cent of bodies to successfully achieve IiP status, following their review of the effectiveness of the force in leading and supporting its workforce, and its commitment to improving services.
IiP is an internationally recognised award, to which some 14,000 organisations are signed up. Cheshire is one of only five forces in the country accredited to silver level.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: "I am delighted that the organisation has been recognised for the commitment we have to our staff, and as a result has been awarded with a silver level accreditation.
"We recognise that developing and harnessing the skills of our staff will help us to deliver an effective service to our communities, and Investors in People provides validation of how far we’ve come."
Cheshire was recognised by IiP for having a clear vision, underpinned by our "We're here" commitments and supported by a strong 'people' strategy.
A full report outlining the strengths of the organisation, and areas for improvement, will be made available in May.
Key strengths include:
- The use of 'We're here' commitments to provide a focus for the workforce
- Investment in strengthening management through the force's 'Leading the Way' programme
- Work done by the force to support officer and staff welfare
Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: "Investing in staff development and skills is crucial in delivering an effective and efficient police service for the public of Cheshire. I am pleased to see that the work of the Constabulary has been recognised through the Investor in People silver accreditation. It is testament not only to the hard work of the Chief Constable and his team, but all those who work so hard in supporting policing in Cheshire."
The award is particularly timely given the Constabulary is currently in the midst of recruitment for police officers, police staff, special constables, police cadets and volunteers.
Cheshire is also the first force to have been accredited in the Health and Wellbeing element of the IiP assessment.
Simon added: “This result is a fantastic achievement, and I hope this instils confidence in the public of Cheshire that we aspire to be the best employer, with motivated officers and staff clearly focused on the public’s priorities.”