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Warwickshire Police responds to HMICFRS effectiveness assessment

Today (Thursday, March 22, 2018), Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has published its report on police effectiveness for Warwickshire Police. The overall judgment, following the inspection in September last year, was that the force requires improvement.

Commenting on the assessment, Assistant Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police Richard Moore, said: "Warwickshire Police is committed to protecting people from harm and we clearly accept there are areas where we can strengthen our approach.

"Although we are disappointed that HMICFRS felt we had not responded well enough to previous recommendations, there were several examples in the inspection of excellent work ongoing within the force.  This included recognition for the force's work to understand the signs of vulnerability and our investigations involving vulnerable people.  We are pleased to see this, as it clearly reflects the force's ambition to be great at protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"We are also pleased to see HMICFRS acknowledges the good partnership working embraced by the force.  These partnerships, such as the Serious Organised Crime Joint Action Group, are essential in the fight against serious and organised crime.  It was also good to see that joint schemes to prevent people from becoming involved in serious crime were noted by HMICFRS as working well in Warwickshire."

ACC Moore added: "We want to be a highly effective force and, since our inspection, the force has implemented new technology and systems, which ensure our officers and staff are better equipped with the best information to prevent and detect crime.   

"In April this year, the force will introduce a refreshed policing model which will ensure a better alignment of our officers and staff to the times of highest demand for our services, ensuring we have the right people available, at the right time to deliver the best possible protection to our communities.  

"This new model 'ring-fences' our Safer Neighbourhood Teams to focus on identifying criminal activity, arresting the offenders, and protecting vulnerable victims.  We will continue to work closely with all our communities to ensure we understand and prioritise the issues which concern them most. 

"We fully acknowledge that these are all areas identified by HMICFRS as requiring our focus and this is exactly what we have done.  With the progress we have already made we are confident that we are comprehensively addressing all the HMICFRS's recommendations."

Issued: Thursday 22 March 2018, Corporate Communications

Published 22/03/18