Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today welcomed the release of an independent report which rates Merseyside Police as ‘good’ across the board and 'outstanding' at tackling serious and organised crime.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has today published its Police Effectiveness reports for all forces across the country, following a number of HMIC inspections over the last year.
Police effectiveness is one of the all-force inspections carried out by HMICFRST as part of their annual PEEL reports. Following this review, Merseyside Police has received and the force has maintained its overall rating of good and its outstanding rating for tackling serious and organised crime. There are four categories which are graded by the HMIC and they are:
- How effective is the force at tackling serious and organised crime? (Outstanding)
- How effective is the force at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe? (Good)
- How effective is the force at investigating crime and reducing reoffending? (Good)
- How effective is the force at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm, and supporting victims? (Good)
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Once again Merseyside Police has been assessed as consistently good at delivering what is essentially its core business – keeping people safe and reducing crime. On top of this, inspectors found Merseyside Police to be ‘outstanding’ at tackling serious and organised crime.
“Inspectors clearly recognised the focus the Force places on supporting and safeguarding vulnerable victims and I welcome their ongoing praise for the understanding and awareness displayed by officers and staff of the needs of victims of crime. It was also particularly pleasing that they highlighted the effectiveness of our triage car service which works to give the best possible care to people in mental ill health when they are often in greatest need.
“I am pleased that lead inspector Zoe Billingham has used the release of this report to highlight the substantial and increasing pressures facing all forces. Merseyside is no exception – calls for service continue to rise and the issues officers and PCSOs face are ever-more complex. They are being asked to provide more services and a greater level of care with far fewer staff. On top of this, this report has highlighted we are now coming to a point where there is a national shortage of detectives.
“All of this demonstrates the absolute need for new money to be invested in our police service – not the false and misleading claims of extra funding made by Theresa May which have now been exposed by the UK Statistics Authority.
“This positive report has been achieved in the face of unprecedented cutbacks to our funding, which has seen £103m shaved from the budget since 2010. This is testament to the dedication and professionalism of the hard-working men and women of Merseyside Police and they should be applauded for their efforts despite the increasingly difficult circumstances.”
HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: “Merseyside Police is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime. In particular, the force continues to be good at protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims, which is consistent with our findings in 2016. We found that officers and staff had a strong awareness and understanding of the importance of vulnerability."
He added: “The force has a well-established triage car service, which uses police officers supported by mental health nurses to deal with incidents that involve people with mental health problems. The force has carried out detailed evaluation of the process and its benefits. The force’s work with other authorities is strong. It has established relationships to safeguard vulnerable victims, but could be more effective when surveying of victims of domestic abuse. Its use of powers to protect victims of domestic abuse, however, is very positive.”
View the full report on the HMICFRS website here