Subject: Cheshire Constabulary is ‘Outstanding’
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Liz Biddle (Police, Community Engagement Officer, Chesh Engagement Unit)
Cheshire Constabulary is ‘Outstanding’
Today, Her Majesty′s Inspector of Constabulary has announced that Cheshire Constabulary is ‘outstanding’ for a key aspect of its PEEL inspection.
PEEL stands for the police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programme.
As part of its annual inspections HMIC reviewed both the financial and workforce planning of all forces across the country whilst examining the wider issues of cost, capability and productivity.
The Force is one of only a handful across the country that has been rated ‘outstanding’ for efficiency.
The report concludes that Cheshire is ‘exceptionally well prepared to face its future financial challenges’. It states that innovation, forward-thinking and sound financial management have helped to future proof policing in Cheshire.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “This is great news for Cheshire Constabulary and recognises the hard work and achievements of every officer and member of staff. This is a first for the force and something that we should all feel very proud of.
“In a period of sustained budget reductions, it is critically important for every police force to make efficiencies while focusing on reducing crime and keeping communities safe. What matters to the people of Cheshire is the number of police officers on the streets and, as a result of the changes implemented, 130 extra police officers are being re-directed back to the front line and 53 extra are being recruited.”
The inspection, which took place in May, focused on how efficient Cheshire Constabulary is at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Further information is attached.
Full details of the inspection can be seen on the HMIC website.