HMIC rating system gives ‘fair’ assessment of West Yorkshire Police
Mar 12 2010 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
WEST Yorkshire Police has been judged ‘fair’ in a new rating system.
All of England and Wales’s 42 forces have been given a ‘report card’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
It assesses their performance in three areas: handling of crime, protecting the public from serious harm and improving confidence and satisfaction.
They could achieve ‘poor’, ‘fair’, ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ in each category.
West Yorkshire was rated ‘fair’ in all three.
Its overall performance was mirrored by two thirds of the country’s police forces.
Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison (right) said the report card was a “useful snapshot” of policing performance.
But he added: “The public must be aware that the HMIC’s comparison, of say, dealing with serious crime, gun crime or sexual assault between the major metropolitan forces and more rural, less densely populated parts of the country slightly skews comparisons in policing performance.”
Nottinghamshire Police is the worst performing force in England and Wales according to the system.
At the other end of the scale, Cleveland, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumbria and Surrey ranked highly.
The chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority – the organisation responsible for making sure the police force is working efficiently and effectively – said it was better placed to monitor performance.
Mark Burns-Williamson said: “While this new report card is helpful as part of a much bigger and more complex picture, as chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority I strongly believe that the local police authority is best placed to oversee and understand the specific challenges to, and trends in, performance of their own force.
“We are on the ground and our members know what questions to ask on behalf of our communities, publishing our findings wherever we can.”