Nottinghamshire Police is bucking the national trend when it comes to fighting crime, despite a report out today showing many other forces across the country are struggling.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), has today published its 2018/19 PEEL (Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy) report.
The report, called Diverging Under Pressure, highlights the Inspectorate’s findings of all 43 forces in England and Wales, including Nottinghamshire.
Headlines being reported today say that many forces are failing to investigate high volume crimes such as burglary and theft, which in turn is affecting people’s trust in the police in some areas of the country.
However, leaders at Nottinghamshire Police Force today have said this is not the case for their force, where in fact the charging volume remains consistently high, both per officer and nationally, bucking this national trend.
The average for forces of similar size and crime type to Nottingham is 8.13 per cent. Nottinghamshire’s average is 11.67 per cent.
And year on year the force is improving against its own statistics as well.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Chief Constable Craig Guilford said: “As a force we are remaining consistently higher than most similar groups and nationally in terms of charging. This is even though the overall recorded crime volumes with National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) have had a statistical effect.
“This shows we are committed to tackling crime. As a force we have invested in local investigators to help reduce the risk and harm from crime, keep people safe and pursue those who choose to cause so much angst to our communities.
“We have a consistently strong culture of bringing offenders to justice whilst remaining committed to preventing crime, especially knife crime where our volumes are reducing.
"In addition to bolstering Neighbourhood Policing, we have also grown and will continue to grow our robbery, burglary, public protection, knife crime and digital forensics teams. This has included setting up two specialist burglary teams across both the city and county.”
He said this was despite the force finding itself on the wrong side of the current central funding formula which the Home Office have committed to reviewing.
"That means by our very nature we have to be more efficient than peers and we deliberately place a larger proportion of our resources and strategic emphasis on investigating crime at all levels. That means more officers in the frontline and more detectives, something which we have continued to increase with both precept and uplift opportunities.”
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Nottinghamshire has a very good story to tell as a force. This is despite the changes to statistical measurements, the austerity cuts we have faced and the unfair funding system.
“People want to see a greater emphasis on neighbourhood policing and a more visible presence on the streets, which is why the vast majority of our new recruits will go on the frontline, to tackle the crimes that matter. And we will continue to push our resources into these areas.”
Posted on Monday 10th February 2020