Humberside Police blasted by inspectors

HMIC said Humberside Police "has a limited understanding of the current and future demand for its services"
HMIC said Humberside Police "has a limited understanding of the current and future demand for its services"

Humberside Police was the only force in Britain to receive an ‘inadequate’ rating after an inspection found its does not use its resources effectively.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that Humberside Police “has a limited understanding of the current and future demand for its services,” and “does not have an effective workforce model.

The inspection focused on the overall question, ‘How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?’

HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: “We inspected how Humberside Police uses its resources now and how it plans to do so in the future and have judged that it was inadequate.

“Humberside Police has a limited understanding of the current and future demand for its services and, as it is unable to fully match resources to demand in some important areas, this affects its ability to provide a good service to the public.”

Humberside Police are undergoing the biggest restructure in its history and will see 200 police officers and nearly 500 civilian employees leave their posts before 2019.

The changes have been designed to cut the force’s costs by £31m.

Mr Cunningham continued: “Humberside Police is working to provide a quality and timely service to the public,something which has been compromised this year by problems with the introduction of a new operating model but its current workforce model is not sustainable.

“However, Humberside Police has achieved its savings requirement and balanced its budget. It has set up a strategic partnership with South Yorkshire Police to improve efficiency by pooling resources and it is considering further collaboration.”

Five forces were found to be ‘outstanding’ and these were Cheshire, Durham, Lancashire, Norfolk and West Midlands.

A further eight forces were rates as ‘required improvement’ and these were Bedfordshire, Cleveland, Dorset, Dyfed Powys, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, South Yorkshire and Surrey.

Humberside Police was the only force to be rated ‘inadequate’.

More to follow.