Humberside Police ‘require improvement’


Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Humberside Police is among 18 forces that need to improve the way they investigate cases, according to a policing watchdog.

In its annual assessment of the state of policing in England and Wales at 43 forces, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said it was concerned some crime victims were being let down.

HMIC looked at the overall effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of each force, finding that only one force – Dyfed-Powys – in England and Wales achieved detection rates of over 50%.

In terms of effectiveness, Humberside Police was one of three forces that were found to require improvement.

Inspectors said a “deficit in skill and experience of officers investigating crimes” and a lack of supervision was behind the weak investigations.

Failures noted by HMIC included not making house-to-house inquiries, not photographing domestic abuse injuries and not collecting CCTV recordings of assaults in public places.

The inspectorate raised concerns about forces’ ability to keep up with modern criminal activity, including cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation.

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Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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