West Midlands Police judged ‘good’ in the latest HMIC police inspection
West Midlands Police has been assessed as good overall in the
latest PEEL Effectiveness report released today (Thursday 2 March)
by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC).
The report, which rates every police force in the country, says
West Midlands Police is good at preventing crime, tackling
anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe, highlighting the
broad range of methods used to communicate with the public.
The force was also assessed as good at investigating crime and
reducing re-offending, praising the new crime recording process
which ensures victims are regularly updated. Offender management
has also achieved consistent reductions in re-offending by serial
The report says improvement is required in investigating
offences involving vulnerable victims and working with other public
service organisations to keep people safe. It recommends better
risk assessment of domestic abuse victims and missing children.
The force is good at tackling serious and organised crime,
saying there are a variety of effective projects in place to deter
people from becoming involved.
HMIC acknowledges that the force has effective specialist
capabilities and is well prepared to respond to an attack which
requires an armed response and has thoroughly assessed the threat
of a terrorist attack.
Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: "We continue to strive
to reduce crime and ensure our communities are safe places for the
residents and visitors of the West Midlands force area.
"We are pleased with the outcome of the report and that HMIC
recognises the work we are doing.
"We acknowledge that improvements still need to be made in
protecting vulnerable members of our society and we are continuing
to invest in our Public Protection Unit, which has significantly
increased in size in recent years and continues to do so.
"A team dedicated to finding missing people has been introduced
in the past year aimed at reducing the time and resources required
to return missing people to safety and providing support to prevent
them from being absent again in the future."
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "I welcome
this report showing that West Midlands Police is effective at
keeping people safe, preventing and reducing crime.
"I recognise that there are improvements that need to be made to
safeguarding and will work the force bring them about."