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12 November 2013Focus must be maintained to preserve ‘ahead of its time’ East Midlands force collaboration
The collaboration arrangement between police forces in the East Midlands has generated savings, and been effective in helping the forces tackle serious and organised crime, a review by HMIC finds.
The review was conducted following a commission from the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. They asked HMIC to review the arrangements for collaboration between the five forces, and to provide the PCCs with high-level assurance on the overall approach to collaboration in the region.
The five forces have been collaborating since 2002, when the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) was established. Originally involving only three forces, and with a fairly narrow focus, it has since expanded to include all five forces in the region, as well as five major areas of policing.
11 November 2013Efforts to improve South Yorkshire Police’s response to child sexual exploitation have had mixed success
The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Shaun Wright, commissioned HMIC to assess the effectiveness of South Yorkshire Police’s approach to protecting children from sexual exploitation, and to develop recommendations for improvements.
The inspection found that the PCC and the Chief Constable had both made it clear that preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation is a top priority for the force. As a result, between January and March 2013 the force trained all of its 1,700 frontline staff in relation to child sexual exploitation. In addition, all the officers and staff working in child protection were clearly deeply committed to their work. They were conscientious, enthusiastic, and focused on achieving good outcomes for the children with whom they work.
Overall, however, the evident efforts to improve the force’s response to child sexual exploitation have had mixed success.
30 October 2013Police custody in Dyfed-Powys – greater oversight needed
Dyfed-Powys Police needed to strengthen its management oversight of custody and improve staff training to ensure detainees were properly cared for, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection.
The inspection was part of a national programme of joint inspections of police custody. It looked at five custody suites operating 24 hours a day: Newtown, Aberystwyth, Llanelli, Brecon and Haverfordwest, and two standby suites: Ammanford and Cardigan. Dyfed-Powys is one of the largest geographical police areas in England and Wales, covering a mix of mainly rural but also urban areas. To some extent the inspection findings and recommendations reflect the difficulties encountered in policing such an extensive area.