HMIC Report: Cheshire Constabulary Good at Investigating
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary has published
detailed reviews of how well forces
investigate crime, how they maintain
integrity and prevent corruption, how
they have responded to challenging budget
reductions, and how effectively they are recording
incidents and crimes.
In all areas where grades have been awarded, HMIC rated the
Constabulary’s work as Good. The Constabulary is one of
only 24 forces found to be Good at investigating
In an overarching report, published this week, HMIC
comments favourably on the genuine
professional commitment among Cheshire officers and staff
to provide a victim-centred approach to all
aspects of policing. He notes and praises the way in which the
force has protected the front-line from budget cuts. In his view,
the Constabulary manages change well and, through
a pilot scheme in Ellesmere Port, has been looking at how
neighbourhood policing teams can work more closely to better serve
The force is found to work well with local partner
agencies, making good use of resources to provide a
joined-up response to problems and victim needs. In particular,
HMIC noted that the force had developed an effective
approach to identifying and responding to the threat of
child sexual exploitation.
The report profiled work the Constabulary does to engage
with the public to determine local policing priorities. It
noted the development of a new crime prevention strategy. It also
commented positively on the work undertaken to manage
offenders and the work undertaken with other agencies to
protect victims of domestic abuse. HMIC found the
Constabulary had effective processes in place to
disrupt organised crime groups.
The HMIC inspection teams saw first hand the way in which
Cheshire police officers are using technology to
tackle issues in communities and investigate crime. Investment in
mobile technology is being made to ensure all front-line staff will
be able to access information when out of the station. The
Constabulary has increased resources within its high tech crime
unit and embarked on a training programme to ensure that
front-line officers have the skills and knowledge
to tackle cyber-crime.
Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “The Report is
very positive about how effective the police service is in Cheshire
– particularly in respect of reducing crime, preventing
re-offending and supporting victims. HMIC rates our investigative
work as Good and he is very supportive of our aim to develop the
most cyber-literate investigative workforce in the country.”
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer said:
“I am delighted that the Report recognises the good work being done
by the Constabulary to place victims at the centre of policing to
solve their problems and the work to protect the front line in
times of austerity. HMIC has commented on the professionalism of
officers and staff and found that they had a genuine commitment to
delivering a high quality service to local communities. My drive to
using new technology was also noted and I am very pleased that the
outcome was good across the board.”
The findings from the various HMIC Reports can be found on
the Key Findings page of this
Cheshire Constabulary was founded in 1857 and serves a
population of 1,027,709 inhabitants spread across
a geographic area measuring 919 square miles and
encompassing areas of great diversity, from large rural
expanses to areas of extensive heavy
industry and urban areas including Chester and Warrington
with their vibrant commercial, retail and leisure facilities.
Cheshire is a place where pockets of extreme
wealth contrast with areas which are amongst the
most deprived 10% of locations in the country. The
county is also home to 53,108 students between the
ages of 16 and 74. Both the University of Chester and Manchester
Metropolitan University have major campuses in the county.
Cheshire shares its borders with two major metropolitan
areas; Manchester and Liverpool and the international
airports that serve these cities are within close proximity. More
than 200 miles of motorway and the West Coast
Mainline railways run through the county.
In 2013/14 the Force dealt with 340,604 calls for
service and recorded 54,905 crimes, a
reduction in crime of 3% compared to 2012/13. Cheshire has observed
year on year reductions in recorded crime for the previous 8 years.
Crime rates in Cheshire have fallen by 38% over
the last decade.
The Constabulary employs more than 4,000 men
and women across the Force. There are 1,948 police
officers, 211 PCSOs, 1,329 members of police staff, 405 Special
Constables and 140 volunteers.
Cheshire Constabulary has a gross budget of £190
million (£165 million net).
A snapshot of the Constabulary's recent performance.
Guidance about doing business with Cheshire Police as well as
information about tenders and contracts.
Collection of documents published by Cheshire Police including the
Your Policing which outlines our plans for the year
Information about Chief officers, senior staff, Basic Command
Units, and specialist units that make up Cheshire
Information about our commitment to provide a high-quality service
that meets the different needs of all our communities.
Account, budgets, contract tendered, and publication of expenditure
See old photos and read about key events since
our foundation in 1857.
Our core values and policing objectives.
The Museum of Policing in Cheshire preserves and researches the
heritage of policing in the county.
The Cheshire Constabulary Band was founded in 1967.
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Crime figures and call handling statistics.
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