Commissioner welcomes report into efficiency of police3 November, 2016
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has welcomed a report from independent inspectors that rated Lancashire Constabulary as one of the most efficient forces in the country.
The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into the efficiency of police forces found Lancashire to be ‘good’ overall at efficiently keeping people safe and reducing crime. Furthermore, inspectors could make no recommendations for improvement.
The report also recognised the “uncertainty” caused by planned changes from the Government to the way police forces are funded. It added: “If the impact of the government’s proposed changes to the way police funding is allocated proves to be worse than expected for Lancashire… the constabulary will need to find even more savings.”
Responding to the report, Mr Grunshaw said: “This is a positive report for Lancashire Constabulary. The fact that HMIC could find no areas for improvement shows that the force remains one of the most efficient in the country. However, it also highlights the difficulties we face in planning for the future given the uncertainty about our funding.
“The constabulary have been rightly praised for their understanding of the demands we face across the county and we are always looking at ways to better collaborate with other police forces and services to keep Lancashire safe.
“Investing in the future of our police force is vital and I am glad that HMIC have recognised the value of the IT investment I have made. However, to invest we need certainty and HMIC have recognised the challenges that our police will face if government cuts come back onto the agenda.”
DCC Andy Rhodes, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “We feel the inspection has recognised the innovation and investment the force has made with the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner which is transforming the way we deliver services to the public, particularly the most vulnerable.
“We believe the foundations are in place to improve further and we are far from complacent; there is a huge challenge ahead and the inspection helps us to learn from good practice here and across policing.”
Police forces were inspected across the country on how well they are able to forecast demand for their services now and in the longer term. Inspectors also looked at how they manage their resources, especially officers and staff. The approach in Lancashire was found to be ‘Good’ at efficiently keeping the public safe and reducing crime.