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Transparency

The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) (Amended) Order 2021 came into effect on 31st May 2021.  The Order amended the 2011 Order, and requires Police & Crime Commissioners to publish additional information relating to their force’s performance against the Government’s published national priorities for policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) performance reports on the force, and complaints handling.

The Home Office National Policing Priorities

The key national policing priorities are as follows:

  • Reduce murder and other homicides
  • Reduce serious violence
  • Disrupt drugs supply and county lines
  • Reduce neighbourhood crime
  • Tackle cyber crime
  • Improve satisfaction among victims – with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse

Additional Information on the key national policing priorities can be found by accessing the link below:

National Crime and Policing Measures

Crime and Policing Minister Letter to CCs – National Crime and Policing Measures

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria (PCC) is in the process of developing a new Police & Crime Plan which will direct his work for the next three years and show how he will work with partner agencies to keep Cumbria safe.  To help prepare the Plan, the Commissioner has recently launched a public consultation survey, asking people what they think the police’s priorities should be.  It is one of the Commissioner’s key roles to make sure that these concerns are heard and that he holds the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force.  As with the rest of the country, the Commissioner also shares the Home Office intention to:

  • Reduce murder and other homicides
  • Reduce serious violence
  • Continue to disrupt drugs supply and county lines drug dealing
  • Reduce neighbourhood crime – burglary, robbery, theft of and from a vehicle, and theft from a person
  • Tackle cyber crime
  • Improve satisfaction for victims of crime and in particular victims of domestic abuse.

The new Plan will take into account these national policing priorities which have emerged recently.

At his last Public Accountability Conference on 12th July 2021, the Commissioner received an updated from the Chief Constable on what the Force is doing to contribute towards the delivery of the national policing priorities.  The Force is currently gathering data from a broad range of police, partner and public information data sources to determine how effectively each of these policing measures is being delivered locally.  The Force is also identifying how it can best use its own data against those measures that require a national data source to ensure it has access to information that is timely and is therefore continually informed.

Over the coming months, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Constabulary will also work collaboratively to develop a performance framework that will measures how well the new Police & Crime Plan is being delivered.  The Commissioner will use his Public Accountability Conferences to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of these measures, which will include the national policing priorities.

Further information about the national policing priorities and progress made in this area will be made available through this page once the new Police & Crime Plan is published.

 

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

Since 2018, HMICFRS has issued a single report to Forces, Police & Crime Commissioner (PCCs) and the public with gradings for force performance in those areas inspected.  These inspections known as Integrated PEEL Inspections are published on the HMICFRS website and measure police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy.  In 2020/2021, HMICFRS published a new police inspection programme and framework.  As part of this, they have moved to a two-year inspection and reporting cycle and will publish new PEEL force performance reports between late summer 2021 and end of March 2023.

Further information about the new police inspection programme can be accessed by clicking the following link: HMICFRS

The Specified Information Order requires the Commissioner to publish a link to the new 2021-2023 PEEL report for the Force once it has been released by HMICFRS.  The Force is set to undergo this inspection later this year, with a final report being published in April 2022.

In the interim, the Commissioner is to provide a link to the 2018/2019 Integrated PEEL Report. To access the report, click on the link below:

Cumbria Constabulary Integrated PEEL Inspection Report 2018/2019

The Commissioner’s response to this report is published on his website can be reviewed by accessing the link below:

Commissioner’s Response

The Commissioner’s response to further HMICFRS documents can be accessed here

 

Please click here to view the information of the above as part of the Commissioner’s desire to ensure transparency.

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