LANCASHIRE Constabulary has been judged outstanding in the latest round of Police Force Inspections.
The PEEL Assessments, which stands for ‘Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy’, report on how well each force in England and Wales maximises the outcomes from its available resources with a focus on the overall question, ‘How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Lancashire was judged as being outstanding in its efficiency at keeping people safe and reducing crime – the highest available category.
The report praised the Constabulary for keeping ‘a daily focus on prioritising threat, risk and harm issues while caring for the needs of vulnerable people’ and for its track record in in achieving savings and planning for future cuts.
The report comes a week after Chief Constable Steve Finnigan and Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw warned of the catastrophic impact of proposed changes to the police funding formula which, along with the forthcoming comprehensive spending review, could mean the Constabulary has to save an additional £87m on top of the £74m already made though to 2020.
Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “I am pleased that once again Lancashire has been recognised as an outstanding force and I am immensely proud that the work we do to keep people safe from harm, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities, has been recognised. This has always been my pledge to the people of Lancashire and it saddens me that this promise is now under threat
“We have worked hard since 2010 to meet the financial ask and this report again shows that we offer value for money and that we have an excellent track record of making savings and that we are planning well for future savings. I believe it also shows that the Constabulary has not been over-funded in previous years.
“We have put considerable effort into identifying ways to improve our services and we are taking a preventative approach to reducing future demand, with a number of innovative initiatives under our ‘Early Action’ programme.
“It is simply unacceptable that much of the good work which is highlighted in today’s report will be put at risk if the proposed cuts to our budget go ahead. We will be reduced to a force which has to prioritise emergency responses above all other calls with no capacity to be proactive. People and communities will be more vulnerable and at risk as a result.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added: “Yet again we have an independent inspection report outlining just how well Lancashire Constabulary has done in meeting savings and making efficiencies. It has named the force outstanding for the way it has handled the cuts and looking ahead through things like its early action initiative.
“This is another reason why the government should take notice of what we are saying about the future cuts. We have delivered and delivered what we have been asked for but we can’t keep taking out such huge amounts and keeping the force effective and viable into the future.
“Steve Finnigan and the Constabulary deserve full praise for what they have achieved.”
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