Force is praised for its overall performance in keeping communities safe and reducing crime
West Midlands Police has been praised for its overall
performance in keeping its communities safe and reducing
The positive endorsement follows the third annual overall
assessment by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), which
examines all 43 police forces across England and Wales and compares
how effectively, efficiently and legitimately they are
The so called 'PEEL' reports are designed to give local
communities information about how their local police force is
performing in a number of important areas and is continually
updated through a number of independent inspections.
West Midlands Police has been judged as 'outstanding' in its
efficiency and 'good' in both how effective and legitimately it
The force has been praised for how it deals with preventing
crime and tackling anti-social behaviour and has been singled-out
for the sound understanding it has of the concerns of the people it
serves, including those who would not routinely talk directly to
It was 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
received consistent reductions in re-offending by serial offenders
and the force also has a good understanding of the threat posed by
serious and organised crime.
The report praises the way the force manages resources to meet
demand, by prioritising early intervention and prevention, along
with partner agencies and matching resources and budget to those
priorities in a variety of effective ways. It also acknowledges the
force's comprehensive change 2020 programme and acknowledges the
comprehensive financial plans the force has in place and its strong
record for generating savings and improving services.
Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: "We are delighted that our
overall assessment is good and that the hard work of our officers
and staff has been recognised, as we continue to strive for
improvement through WMP 2020, our ambitious force modernisation
"We acknowledge improvements still need to be made in protecting
vulnerable members of our society and we continue to invest in our
Public Protection Unit, which has significantly increased in size
in recent years and continues to do so, including the introduction
of a team dedicated to finding missing people."
The force has also been tasked with improving sickness rates for
officers and staff, and has recently introduced a range of health
and well-being initiatives to tackle this.
West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
added: "I welcome these reports 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.
"I am particularly pleased that these reports recognise that
West Midlands Police has done an outstanding job in the face of
"Without the efficiencies and tough decisions taken I would not
have been able to announce the recruitment of 800 police officers,
200 specialist staff and 150 PCSOs."