CLEVELAND Police is good at reducing crime – but is less good a tackling anti-social behaviour – according to a watchdog.
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) says the force has made ‘excellent progress’ in achieving savings, while working hard to protect frontline crime-fighting.
However, in the first ever set of police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) reports, Cleveland Police has been told to improve on its anti-social behaviour work and accuracy of crime recording.
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “I welcome the PEEL Assessment as it provides an independent view of what we are doing well and where we need to improve.
“We are clear that our role is to keep our communities safe and protect people from harm. We do this by prioritising how we use our resources and responding to the most serious risk.”
Meanwhile, Durham Constabulary has been told it is ‘outstanding’ at tackling anti-social behaviour and that the force is well placed to manage further financial challenges.
Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “We are the only force in the country to receive an ‘outstanding’ in that category and I’m delighted that we set the benchmark for others to follow. I am not complacent and we will continue to raise the bar, but this is a fantastic launch pad for future excellence.”