Force progress recognised in new HMICFRS report

South Yorkshire Police welcomes new report from HMICFRS, which shows continued progress for the force.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) published the report detailing South Yorkshire Police’s ‘efficiency’ on Thursday 9 November 2017. This is the third annual efficiency report, examining how well police forces in England and Wales understand demand, use their resources and plan for the future.

The findings show South Yorkshire Police ‘requires improvement’ which replicates the ‘efficiency’ report in 2016, however HMICFRS clearly recognises the progress that has been made in the past year. Their comments included:

‘The force has made good progress in addressing the cause of concern in HMICFRS? 2016 efficiency inspection.’

‘With its newly formed change team in place, the force is continuing to build its understanding of demand and the expectations of the public.’

‘In developing its new neighbourhood model, the force is taking some steps to understand the public’s perceptions about the service it wants.’

Chief Constable Stephen Watson said: “We are not yet where we want to be, but it is pleasing that this report recognises the strong progress that is being achieved.

“We are confident we have made great strides from where we were just one year ago. We now have a very clear plan, which sets out our priorities and what we want to achieve for our communities, the recent reintroduction of neighbourhood policing; a structure and model developed using a better understanding of our demand; and importantly we have listened to our officers, staff and communities, to build something, which works for everyone. These things taken together will provide our excellent people with the platform required for further progress.”

HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: “Following our inspection, South Yorkshire Police has been judged as ‘requires improvement’ in how efficiently it keeps people safe and reduces crime. The force has made good progress in understanding it’s demand to inform its new operating model. Although it was too early to fully assess the benefits of the operating model at the time of the inspection its implementation is progressing well and at pace.

“The force still has some way to go in understanding the skills and capability of its workforce. Although the force’s understanding of its leadership skills is advanced, we recognise it is reliant on both improved HR processes and new force systems being in place to understand some of its basic skills and capabilities. Whilst the force’s cause of concern remains unchanged, we are reassured that the leadership in the force is well placed to address these issues.

“The force needs to improve how it plans for the future and makes the savings it will need. We are pleased with the force’s comprehensive financial planning, however these need to be integrated with other plans to enable the force to be as efficient as it can be.”

In addressing the areas for concern highlighted in the report, South Yorkshire Police will continue its work to understand future demand and develop a workforce plan to ensure the force has the right staff, resources, capability and capacity to meet that demand.

For the HMIC report in full click here: justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publications/peel-police-efficiency-2017/