LANCASHIRE Constabulary has been praised in the new annual programme of Police Force Inspections – known as the PEEL Assessment.

The PEEL Assessments, which stands for ‘Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy’, report on how well each force in England and Wales tackles crime and anti-social behaviour; provides value for money; and provides a service that is legitimate in the eyes of the public.

Forces are assessed by a series of independent inspections, consultation and data monitoring, and then given a graded judgment of either outstandinggoodrequires improvementor inadequate. 

In terms of police effectiveness, Lancashire was rated as good at reducing crime, preventing and investigating offending and tackling anti-social behavior while the efficiency with which the force carries out its responsibilities was rated as outstanding. It was also judged that the force is acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in most of the practices that have been examined this year.

Commenting on the Constabulary’s success Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “I am extremely pleased with the findings of the PEEL assessment and very proud that it recognises the high quality services that we are delivering to victims here in Lancashire, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

The inspection has recognised that we are working as hard as ever to keep people safe through challenging times and we now want to build on this by working closely with the people of Lancashire and our partner organisations to continue to keep our county safe and to ensure that communities feel safe. We must not be complacent and we recognise that there is always room for improvement; this assessment is about listening to feedback and learning.”

CC Finnigan also praised Constabulary staff and said: “For the last five years, Lancashire Constabulary has been going through a significant period of change yet our people have continued to deliver the great policing services for the public of Lancashire.

“The quality of our people is the one common denominator highlighted in this and other Inspections. It is the defining factor that we know makes the difference between being average and being excellent.”

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