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The Audit Commission are an independent body responsible for ensuring that public money is spent economically, efficiently and effectively, to achieve high-quality local services for the public. Our work covers local government, health, housing, community safety and fire and rescue services.

For further information on the Audit Commission, please click this link.

Performance assessments are done annually, giving the public a rounded view of how their local force is doing across-the-board.

The Police Performance Assessments 2006/07 were published on Tuesday 9th October 2007.

The assessments form part of the Policing Performance Assessment Framework (PPAF) developed by the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (new window) (HMIC), with support from the Association of Police Authorities (new window) (APA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (new window) (ACPO).

They cover the full range of policing activity and are based on a combination of performance data and professional judgement. Assessments are awarded for the performance delivered by a police force (by comparing a force to its peers), and also for direction (by comparing the performance achieved by a force in one year to that achieved by the same force in the previous year).

For further information on Police Performance Assessment (2006/07), please click this link.

For over a century and a half Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIs) have been charged with examining and improving the efficiency of the Police Service in England and Wales, (and latterly Northern Ireland), with the first HMIs appointed under the provisions of the County and Borough Police Act 1856.

Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary are appointed by the Crown on the recommendation of the Home Secretary and report to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMCIC), who is the Home Secretary's principal professional policing adviser. The HMCIC is independent both of the Home Office and of the Police Service.

For further information on the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (HMIC), please click this link.

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) was created in 2003 as a direct response to lessons learned from investigations into on-line child abuse around the world. It is an international alliance of law enforcement agencies working together to make the Internet a safer place.

For further information on the Virtual Global Taskforce, please click this link.

The Environment Agency's job is to look after your environment and make it a better place - for you, and for future generations.

For further information on the Environmental Agency, please click this link.

For advice with regards to Floods, please click on the title below to open the document (PDF format).

Home Office Logo The Home Office is the government department responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales. We work to build a safe, just and tolerant society, to enhance opportunities for all, and to ensure the protection and security of the public is maintained.

Click this to visit the Home Office website.

Internet Watch Foundation logoThe Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) operates the only INTERNET ‘hotline’ in the UK for reporting illegal images on the web.

Working in partnership with Police, Government, the internet and mobile industries, the IWF provides this free service for the general public which is aimed at minimising the availability of illegal content to protect internet users.

For further information on the Internet Watch Foundation, please click this link.

Cencus logo - Link to website

Help tomorrow take shape

Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods. The last census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011, when ONS sent out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete.

The census asked about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, marital status and so on. These statistics will be used to build a picture of today’s society.

For further information on the Census Website, please click this link.

Report fraud to Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre and the place for you to report fraud and scams, or to get advice if you’re not sure what to do. If you’ve been a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud online using the secure online fraud reporting tool. You’ll be given a crime reference number and your case will be referred on to the police force that investigates fraud.

Visit Action Fraud’s website for more information, including advice and information about fraud.

True Vision website

Have you or someone you know been a victim of hate crime?

Hate crime comes in many different forms.  It includes hatred and hostility on the grounds of race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Hate crime in any form is unacceptable. That is why it is important that if you or someone you know experiences hate crime, that you report it.

True Vision is an initiative designed to provide you with information about hate crime and how you can report it.

On the website, you can:

  • find out what hate crime is.
  • find out about the many ways you can report it.
  • report hate crime via the online form provided.
  • find details of organisations that can help and support you if you have been a victim of hate crime.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your community.  By reporting hate crime when it happens, not only can you help prevent similar incidents happening to someone else, but you will also help the police service to better understand the extent of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it.

Visit True Vision website for more information.

The links below enable customers to transact or gain information on applying/updating the driving licence and vehicle registration certificate (V5c).

Apply for your first provisional driving licence

Change your address online

Exchange your paper driving licence for a photocard licence

Get a replacement licence if yours is lost or stolen

Renew your licence at 70

Our annual Quality of Life report has been published. It provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our count and is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life. It contains a range of data visualisations and includes the latest Census information for the first time.

Quality of Life report