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Report rates efficiency of North Yorkshire Police

Report rates efficiency of North Yorkshire Police

Published at 12:06am 20th October 2015. (Updated at 4:52pm 20th October 2015)

North Yorkshire Police has been judged as 'good' in a report examining how well it operates.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) focused on how efficient the force is when it comes to keeping people safe and reducing crime.

It says the force is good at using resources to meet demand and has shown good financial planning for the short and long-term, but improvements are needed to ensure that the workforce model is sustainable and affordable.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: "HMIC found that North Yorkshire Police is adequately prepared to face its future financial challenges, and we have judged it as 'good'. The force has successfully reduced its spending over the last spending review period while working hard to protect local policing.

"Future saving plans beyond 2017 are being developed and rely on the force adopting a number of different ways of working. The force understands its current demand and is finding new ways of working to reduce it, including through working with other organisations. It will need to fulfil its commitment to consider the level and complexity of future demand if it is to maintain the quality of its services with a shrinking workforce.

"The force has identified its future workforce numbers through to 2019, with anticipated reductions in the number of both police officers and police staff. The force needs to ensure its workforce is provided with clear and consistent messages about such changes. The force has a secure financial position for the short-term - through prudent budget management, the force has achieved all of the savings required over the last spending review period and has set a balanced budget for 2015/16 without having to use its reserves."

The report found that the force does anticipate a reduction in the number of police officers in the wake of budget cuts.

However, HMIC said there is "a lack of clear and consistent messages" from chief officers to staff about these plans.

It added: "This has led to a perception among staff that both PCSO and police officer numbers will remain unchanged, leaving some members of police staff feeling extremely vulnerable to job cuts."

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: "The Chief Constable and I have worked hard to make sure North Yorkshire Police is prepared for the funding challenges ahead of us. However, as much as I welcome this report from HMIC, and their 'good' rating, the Government have just moved the goalposts.

"Following the announcement of changes to how police forces are funded, and who gets what, it is clear North Yorkshire Police will lose out significantly compared to most other forces. Whilst we are prepared for reducing budgets, the new formula is neither fair nor transparent. I will be working with other Commissioners to ensure our collective concerns are heard and addressed.

"In the meantime, North Yorkshire Police has a strong track record of making savings and so far, we have not cut officer numbers. However, given the scale of likely cuts, this is changing, as HMIC have clearly indicated. In considering how this is done, I am very clear that we must maintain local, neighbourhood policing which is the very heart of policing in North Yorkshire."

Commenting on the report, Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We welcome the recognition from HMIC that North Yorkshire Police has a sound grasp of the demand coming into the organisation and the way we are set up to respond to it.

"This is particularly the case when it comes to dealing with vulnerable people with the use of the 'THRIVE' model in the Force Control Room. This allows us to actively asses the threat, harm, risk, investigation, vulnerability and engagement required for each call for service, meaning we can tailor our response for each individual or situation and target resources more efficiently and effectively. This puts the needs of victims of crime at the very heart of everything we do and the high level of public satisfaction for our service reflects this effort.

"HMIC also highlights North Yorkshire Police's long track record in delivering essential savings whilst maintaining effective frontline policing services across North Yorkshire and the City of York. We are very proud to be the safest and lowest crime area in England and we will continue to work hard to maintain this position through careful financial and operational planning."