Nottinghamshire Police has been judged as 'good' for efficiency in tough times
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary carried out an inspection and asked 'How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?'
The findings were that the force is good at using its resources to meet demand and has shown good planning for the short and long term.
HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham said: "HMIC found that Nottinghamshire Police is well prepared to face its future financial challenges and we have judged the force as good.
"The force has balanced the budget and has a good track record of achieving savings with plans to deliver most of its anticipated savings through 2017/18. It has a good understanding of the demand on its services and the force is introducing a new way of organising itself, its operating model, to ensure that it has the right staff and officers with the appropriate skills available to assist the public when needed."
Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish said: "Given the cuts that police forces are being required to make, most if not all, have had to put a freeze on officer recruitment for the foreseeable future. “We clearly know the projected number of officers retiring from the force over the next three years, which would indeed appear to be higher than the national average. “Our planning process over the past three years has accounted for this by realigning our services and processes, increasing our intake of special officers and making the best use of collaboration with the other East Midlands forces. “We will recruit as soon as we are able, pending the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "Clearly these are very difficult financial times and I'm pleased that HMIC has recognised steps that Nottinghamshire Police has taken to meet the challenges posed by reducing funding.
"However with more cuts looming on the horizon it is clear that further tough decisions are going to be necessary in order to improve the sustainability of the force in the future. I know that HMIC recognise the challenges all forces, including Nottinghamshire, face. Put bluntly, HMIC needs to support and facilitate the radical change necessary to redesign policing for the future."
Nottinghamshire Police's approach to efficiency judged to be 'good' - HMIC
Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2015