Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has today published its overall assessment of Merseyside Police over the last year.
As part of HMIC’s second annual all-force inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) in 2015, HMIC assessed how well led forces are at every rank and grade of the organisation and across all areas inspected in PEEL.
Merseyside was given an overall rating of 'good'. It was assessed on the extent to which:
- Merseyside Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime (good)
- Merseyside Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime (good)
- Merseyside Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime (good)
HMIC inspector Mike Cunningham said: "Merseyside Police is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
"It works well with other organisations to keep people safe, including the most vulnerable, by preventing crime and anti-social behaviour. The quality of crime investigation is good and the force works well to stop re-offending.
"It is outstanding in its tackling of organised crime groups, and has the necessary arrangements to enable it to fulfil its national policing responsibilities. This is the first year HMIC has graded forces on their overall effectiveness so comparison of their year-on-year effectiveness is not possible.
Following the release of today's report, Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "The officers, PCSOs and staff of Merseyside Police work extremely hard to protect our communities, keep people safe and build public confidence. This is another report of which our Chief Constable and the entire Force should be proud.
"I'm pleased that Sir Tom Winsor has used his annual state of policing report to acknowledge the service and commitment of police officers and staff. Merseyside is a tough place to police. The public know this and value the service provided by our police Force.
"But criminal activity continues and I know that preventing crime, protecting vulnerable people and responding to emergencies remain core business for Merseyside Police whilst the nature of crime is changing and new crime types emerge. The police service is working hard to bring the same success they have demonstrated when tackling so-called traditional crimes to rapidly expanding crime areas such as the exploitation of children or the trafficking or enslavement of people.
"Merseyside Police has already made significant strides in using modern technology to improve the way it delivers every day policing, from body worn cameras being used to capture 'stop & search' incidents to the roll-out of tablet devices which enable officers to spend more time on the streets.
"I know that Merseyside Police is keen to collaborate, working together with other Forces for the benefit of the public, as demonstrated by the success of the North West regional organised crime unit, Titan. In fact later today I am meeting with my NW colleagues to discuss our current partnership arrangements and how we can continue to advance this work, including the assimilation of best practice.
"I congratulate Sir Jon Murphy and his Force for the excellent performance that has been recognised by inspectors."
HMIC has introduced PEEL so that the public will be able to judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole.
The effectiveness of a force is assessed in relation to how it carries out its responsibilities including cutting crime, protecting the vulnerable, tackling anti-social behaviour, and dealing with emergencies and other calls for service.
Its efficiency is assessed in relation to how it provides value for money.
Its legitimacy is assessed in relation to whether the force operates fairly, ethically and within the law.
The evidence from inspections, together with the context within which forces operate, allows HMIC to make an assessment of each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.