West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes the 2016 PEEL Assessment of West Yorkshire Police (12 Apr 2017)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have rated West Yorkshire Police as "Good" across all the strands which include effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "This is a very positive report and it is pleasing to see that HMIC have recognised the comprehensive on-going work to safeguard vulnerable people and provide support to victims of crime which meets important outcomes in the Police and Crime Plan.

"HMIC also found that West Yorkshire Police are good at tackling serious and organised crime, specifically that they are improving their response to newer threats such as human trafficking, cyber crime and child sexual exploitation and I have thanked the Chief Constable for the work of West Yorkshire Police in keeping West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.

"HMIC have noted that West Yorkshire Police needs to make improvements in its ability to prevent crime and tackle anti-social behaviour. Work is already on-going in these areas and I will be monitoring progress closely through regular meetings with the Chief Constable and our partners as they work together to problem solve in and for our communities.

"Cuts to our police service have undoubtedly contributed to this, however, the recent recruitment of police officers and protection of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will help us to address this concern and I am working closely with West Yorkshire Police to review and develop our neighbourhood policing approach.

"HMIC have now graded West Yorkshire Police as GOOD across all three strands of the PEEL assessment for 2016 (Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy) which should give confidence to the public of West Yorkshire in their police service.

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