Responding to the HMICFRS report, APCC lead for Performance Matthew Scott PCC said:

“Police and Crime Commissioners will welcome the recognition in this report that police forces are generally performing well, keeping people safe and using their resources efficiently.

“The demand for policing is increasing, as is the complexity and risk of what police are dealing with. However, despite significant pressures there are encouraging signs that police forces continue to develop innovative ways of working. In particular, the report highlights that forces are identifying vulnerability more effectively and are investing in technology to better match resources to demand.

“Investment is crucial to ensure that forces can continue to innovate and meet future demand and we will continue to make the case for long-term investment in policing through the government spending review.”


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Only 14 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales were inspected as part of this first group and covered in this report. HMICFRS advise that the remaining 29 forces in England and Wales will be covered in the next two groups of reports.