Merseyside's Police Commissioner has today congratulated the Force after an independent report praised its commitment to 'fairness and respect'.
In the report, carried out by inspectors from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) Merseyside Police was given an overall rating of 'good'.
Following a number of inspections over the last year, the Force was also given ratings of 'good' for the three categories assessed by HMICFRS:
- To what extent does the force treat all of the people it serves with fairness and respect?
- How well does the force ensure that its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully?
- To what extent does the force treat its workforce with fairness and respect?
HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: “As was the case in our 2016 inspection, Merseyside Police is judged to be good at how legitimately it keeps people safe and reduces crime. The workforce understands the importance of treating people fairly and with respect, including recognising unconscious bias, using effective communication skills and proportionate use of coercive powers. The force has effective monitoring of the use of force and stop and search.
“The force works hard to ensure that its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully. It has an easy-to-follow complaints process that is easy to access, and complainants receive consistently good service from the force. Well-trained and experienced investigators within the professional standards department identify and respond to allegations of discrimination and conduct good investigations, in line with IPCC guidelines."
Inspectors also praised the investment the force has made into staff wellbeing awareness, particularly around mental health.
Following publication of the report, Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I congratulate Merseyside Police on another positive report released today by inspectors from HMICFRS.”
“It is clear from this report that HMICFRS found what I see on a daily basis as I work with Merseyside Police; that there is a commitment to treating people with fairness and respect throughout the organisation and this culture is deep-rooted in the way officers and staff serve our communities.
“When an officer or member of staff does not adhere to these high standards action is taken. It is reassuring that HMICFRS found Merseyside Police’s complaints process to be ‘clear, informative and easy for the public to use’ and that complainants receive ‘consistently good service’.
“It was also particularly pleasing to see that HMICFRS have highlighted the efforts Merseyside Police has made to extend external challenge and scrutiny and have now assessed the Force’s arrangements as ‘excellent’. This demonstrates the Force’s ongoing commitment to delivering a service for the people of Merseyside which is ethical and has integrity and fairness at its core.”