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HMIC Report: Cheshire Constabulary Good at Investigating Crime

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 crime.

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 community.

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 website.

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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).

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