Mixed results for local forces as report is published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

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Lincolnshire Police has been given a ‘good’ rating by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The HMIC ‘Police Effectiveness 2016’ report, published yesterday, states that Lincolnshire is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

In the five years from June 2011, crime reduced by 19.7 per cent in Lincolnshire compared with 0.5 per cent nationally. In the last year there was an increase of 1.3 per cent in Lincolnshire compared with a national increase of 7.8 per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson said: “This report follows the good news in the HMIC reports in November which again graded Lincolnshire as ‘Good’ in the areas of efficiency and legitimacy. We now have an overall ‘Good’ grading for HMIC’s three pillars of inspection under PEEL – efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy.”

Four out of five areas of inspection are graded as ‘Good’– with improvement required in protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims.

n Leicestershire Police – which covers Rutland – has been given an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.

HMIC praises the work the force has done to prevent crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and keep young people safe, as well as its record on tackling serious and organised crime, and give the Force ‘good’ grades in each of these areas of service.

But in terms of the force’s effectiveness at investigating crime and reducing offending, protecting those who are vulnerable from harm, and in supporting victims, they conclude the force needs to improve.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Given the number of areas where HMIC has praised our work, our performance, and our innovation, it is naturally disappointing to be graded overall as requiring improvement.

“At the time of the inspection last year we pointed out areas where we felt we needed to improve, and set out the steps we planned to take to address these issues. Action has been taken, and further work is underway currently, to improve the way we respond to and investigate reports of crime and to ensure we support victims and keep them fully informed of progress.”

Lord Willy Bach, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Leicestershire, said he was confident the force had taken necessary steps to improve.