Cumbria’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Publishes Seventh Annual Report
Cumbria’s Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), Peter McCall today published his seventh Annual Report, covering the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
The Commissioner has a statutory responsibility under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act to produce an annual report as part of the public holding-to-account role, and this sets out how he has carried out his statutory functions, such as setting the budget, developing a Police and Crime Plan and holding the Chief Constable to account.
PFCC Peter McCall said: “I am delighted to launch this, my seventh Annual Report and I hope that it reflects a clear picture of everything we have been working on over the last year.
“I have continued to engage with you, the public, along with partners and stakeholders, to help identify Cumbria’s policing priorities. As I have said before, your priorities are my priorities.
“I am pleased to confirm that the Constabulary not only reached, but exceeded its Operation Uplift target. As a result, Cumbria Constabulary now has a budgeted establishment of 1,334 police officers, which is an increase of 214 officers since 2016, the highest number of officers at any time for Cumbria.
“Of course, some officers are still completing their training, however, a number are now out on our streets making a difference. We already know from the pilot areas that the new Community Beat Officers are having a real impact, with some exceptional results such as Maryport where anti-social behaviour (ASB) is down by 50%.
“The role out of Community Beat Officers is set to continue across the county and demonstrates our response to the public’s concern to see more visible neighbourhood policing and police visibility.
“The Constabulary response to 999 calls is consistently high and it is important for people to know that when you contact the force in an emergency, your call will in 91% of the time, be answered in less than 10 seconds. Our 101 service is improving again with 91% of the calls answered in under five minutes.
“Technology such as call-back, online chat and online reporting forms found on the Constabulary website, are all going a long way to help but we will continue to improve rapid accessibility to police when you need it.”
Further details of the annual report can be found at the following link – click here