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HMICFRS report on police effectiveness

The latest HMICFRS Police Effectiveness report for Cambridgeshire Constabulary was published on 22 March 2018.

Effectiveness is the final part of HMICFRS’s annual inspections into police efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy (PEEL) to be published. The inspection focused on the overall question: ‘How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?’

The HMICFRS judged that Cambridgeshire Constabulary is:

  • ‘good’ at preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour
  • ‘requires improvement’ at investigating crime and reducing re-offending
  • ‘requires improvement’ at protecting vulnerable people
  • ‘good’ at tackling serious and organised crime

The full report can be found on HMICFRS website HERE

Commenting on the report, Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite said:

“Whist I acknowledge the grading of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), that our Constabulary ‘requires improvement’, it is important to reflect on the positive progress made over the past year.

“Chief Constable, Alec Wood recognised our force was under significant pressure in autumn 2016. His response to this was to put in place a fundamental review of local policing. The local policing review brings additional resource to the frontline, increasing the number of warranted officers to ensure the force is in the best shape possible to both respond and protect people in our communities

“His positive and ethical operational leadership, which I am pleased to say has been previously recognised by HMICFRS, makes me confident the appropriate measures are being put in place.

“I am also aware that this week many of you will be receiving your council tax bill which includes the £1 per month increase towards policing. The 55 new warranted officers this will pay for over the coming year will provide the resource needed by the frontline.

“I will, of course, continue to monitor progress but I am satisfied that together we are putting in place the necessary steps to tackle increased demand and respond to financial pressures.”