Commissioner reacts to HM Inspectorate report on Humberside Police
Humberside Police has been awarded an overall grading of ‘GOOD’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMICFRS) as well as achieving a GOOD grading across every pillar of the annual inspection process.
The inspection report is a comprehensive assessment of how the force is performing across a wide range of areas, including how they:
- Protect vulnerable people
- Investigate crime
- Prevent crime and tackle anti-social behaviour
- Tackle serious and organised crime
After the publication of the report today, Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter issued the following statement:
“I would like to congratulate Humberside Police on the content of this report. It illustrates the huge amount of effort the staff and officers have put into transforming the performance of the force over the last couple of years. This really is a landmark accomplishment, never before in the history of the force has Humberside Police received a grading of ‘good’ in every area and sub-area in which they have been inspected. This should be welcomed by all our communities as a signal that their voice has been heard and that their taxes are being well used to provide an improving service properly focussed on meeting local concerns as well as national threats.
“The leadership shown by the Chief Constable and his team in achieving this turnaround in a relatively short time frame has rightly been recognised nationally. The recent attachment of Lee Freeman to Cleveland Police to assist them in their hour of need was a very visible vote of confidence in his skills and leadership but also in the strength in depth we now have here in the Humberside Police area.
“It is worth reflecting where Humberside Police was three years ago when I was elected. Community policing decimated, a failing 101 system, the lowest staff morale in the country and communities feeling abandoned by a shrinking force failing to utilise its resources efficiently or effectively. A lot of tough decisions were needed and have been taken.
“We now have a completely new leadership team in the force and over 400 more officers. We have bucked the national trend by getting officers back into unused police stations and not one existing operational base has closed since 2016 without being replaced. Our 101 service is now recognised as one of the best, if not the best, in the country, neighbourhood policing is now back as the core of policing delivery and morale is improving hugely.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner I’m proud of the journey the force has undertaken to improve its performance so substantially but I will never be satisfied it is as good as it can be. My ambition for this area remains high, and on behalf of the communities here that deserve the best, I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure the improvements made are sustainable and that we move forward together towards excellence.”
CLICK HERE to read the report
Posted on Thursday 2nd May 2019