Derbyshire’s Deputy Chief Constable, Gary Knighton, has welcomed the latest report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, into police efficiency.
The report looks at the efficiency with which the force keeps people safe and reduces crime. It examined three areas, rating the force as ‘good’ in each;
How well the force understands demand
How well the force uses its resources
How well the force is planning for the future
Mr Knighton said: “It’s pleasing that the HMIC has recognised that the force continues to move in the right direction.
We still face challenges and we are developing a good understanding of the increasingly complex demands we need to meet. We are responding to changes in demand by allocating additional staff to more those more complex, hidden and emerging crimes, such as modern slavery, cybercrime and child sexual exploitation.
This is a good report, but we are not complacent and will always strive to be as efficient as we can be while offering the best possible service to the people of Derbyshire.”
The report states: “The force is good at understanding things that affect demand and identifies ways to improve efficiency.
“The force also realises that demand can be reduced or prevented by working closely with other emergency services and public organisations, and has a strong commitment to joint working.
“Derbyshire Constabulary has realistic financial plans for the future that are built on sound assumptions and are subject to informed challenge.
“Derbyshire Constabulary is good at improving efficiency and finding the best ways to meet demand. The force identified wasteful or inefficient activity and the need to eradicate each is taken seriously.”
Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, welcomed the report, saying that it provided reassuring independent verification of the force’s commitment and professionalism in the face of extremely challenging funding cuts.
He said: “I hope that members of the public are reassured by Her Majesty’s Inspectors’ findings which show that Derbyshire Constabulary has a positive approach to managing demand and working with other agencies. This is good news for those who live, work or visit here.”
However, he went on to say that the prospect of more funding cuts placed this ‘Good’ assessment at risk. He added: “Let’s be clear. You can’t keep doing more with less, you can’t keep taking money out of the pot while the challenges increase. There is only so much juice in one orange.
“That’s why I hope that the Chancellor, when he announces his budget decisions on November 22, accepts that sustaining public safety has to be paramount. We need to protect funding in order to continue protecting the public.”
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Posted on Thursday 9th November 2017