Subject: Cheshire Constabulary delivers 'excellent performance' according to HMIC
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This special Alert message has been sent to you to update you on the latest results of an independent assessment of Cheshire Constabulary.
We are pleased to announce that we have been acknowledged for delivering an ‘excellent performance’.
Today (Thursday 25th February) Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) publishes its national state of policing report.
Over the past 12 months HMIC 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).
This national report comes on the back of the publication of all PEEL inspections and is accompanied by an assessment of each force’s overall performance.
We have been highly praised by HMIC and the results of this independent assessment show that Cheshire Constabulary is one of the best performing forces in the country. We have been rated ‘outstanding’ overall for Efficiency and ‘good’ overall for Legitimacy and Effectiveness.
In particular HMIC has commended the force for its excellent performance in keeping people safe and reducing crime and said it is extremely pleased with the progress Cheshire Constabulary has made in 2015.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: "The results of this independent assessment show that Cheshire Constabulary is one of the best performing forces in the country. This is fantastic news for us as a force and for the public of Cheshire and reflects the hard work and commitment of every officer and member of staff including the volunteers who support us on a daily basis.
“Almost a year ago I launched a set of commitments that clearly set out the level of service members of the public should expect from Cheshire Constabulary – the results of this independent assessment show that we are delivering on those commitments. The new policing structure, which was introduced last year, is designed to meet these priorities and once again reinforces the fact that we may be a relatively small force but we are big on ideas and big on delivering our commitments to the public.”
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer said: “The results of the independent inspection of policing are fantastic news for the people of Cheshire. It’s been a challenging few years financially but I have been determined that the frontline is protected. It’s because of this that I commissioned a root-and-branch review, which has enabled investment into the frontline.
“We are now in a unique position as crime continues to fall, and is currently at its lowest for 25 years. And where it does occur we have some of our best ever solved rates.
“Cheshire has a police force which delivers for victims, delivers in protecting the public, invests in its future and is in the best possible position to meet the challenges of today and those to come. The Constabulary is making Cheshire safer and more prosperous for its communities, and creating a hostile environment for criminals.”
Full details of Cheshire’s assessment can be seen on the HMIC website.