Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have today published their Police Efficiency Inspection report. This inspection took place in April as part of the series of Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy (PEEL) inspections which take place annually in each force.
Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, said:
“I thank HMIC for producing this important report and recognising the challenges that are facing the police with reduced budgets and increasingly complex demands. The inspection of Surrey Police earlier this year found that whilst the force did have a sustainable financial plan it hadn’t at the time fully assessed and understood the changes in policing demand or put plans in place to address that demand.
“Whilst I am disappointed that these plans weren’t in place for the HMIC Inspection, I have in the last week received copies of plans that Surrey Police are putting in place from April 2016, including a new neighbourhood policing model. These plans put Surrey Police in a much better position to meet budgetary constraints, however, we shouldn’t underestimate the challenge facing us over the next few years to continue to make savings whilst responding to increases in reports of complex crimes such as rape, domestic violence, child abuse and cybercrime.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner will publish his official response in due course.
To find out more about the PEEL assessment and to read the Surrey report in full, please visit the HMIC website.