West Yorkshire’s PCC welcomes HMIC ‘Good’ rating for efficiency of West Yorkshire Police (3 Nov 2016)

West Yorkshire Police has been rated as 'good' at how efficient they are at keeping people safe and reducing crime by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) who are independent of the police force.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said "This is further positive news for West Yorkshire and demonstrates the ongoing hard work behind the scenes to achieve this rating, especially at a time where our police service continues to be severely stretched by the impact of Government budget cuts and complex changing demands around vulnerability and safeguarding.

"This rating is a timely reminder of the daily commitment of West Yorkshire Police to keep us safe, in very challenging circumstances. The report noted that the force has a good understanding of all of the current demand for its services and a developing understanding of future demand, and has plans in place as to how it will understand and manage likely future demand better.

"The force is also improving both the capability and the capacity of its workforce and is making good use of the resources to manage current demand. This is following my commitment to protect frontline policing as much as possible and the budget I set earlier this year is enabling the recruitment of 600 new police officers and protection of our current Police Community Support Officers numbers.

"The report also noted that the force has sound financial plans in place to ensure the investments we have agreed deliver the business benefits in terms of both efficiencies and savings.

"HMIC did not identify any causes of concern and made no specific recommendations for improvement. However, while this is encouraging, West Yorkshire Police and I will never be complacent in doing everything we can in keeping our communities safe and feeling safe and know there is much more to do in meeting public expectations for the policing of West Yorkshire."

To read more about the efficiency report visit https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/peel-assessments/peel-2016/west-yorkshire/

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