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PremierLeague-News.Com- The force need to improve in "investigating crime" and "responding to the public".
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A recent report has shown Cambridgeshire Police requires improvement in some key areas of their role, including investigating crime and responding to the public. Inspectors released their assessment of the force in a report, which found that the force isn't attending incidents "quickly enough". The report went on to say that this could cause victims to "lose confidence" in the system, or, in more serious cases, put them "directly at risk". Cambridgeshire Police was inspected by watchdog Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Although two key areas were rated as 'requires improvement', the report did find more positive assessments of other areas. Roy Wilsher, HM Inspector of Constabulary, said: "I am pleased with some aspects of the performance of Cambridgeshire Constabulary", he went on to "congratulate" the force "in their efforts to keep the public safe". Read more: Multi-million pound project to redevelop Cambs council housing moves forward The inspections were launched in 2014, where the inspectorate assess three key areas of policing: police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy . These are called (PEEL) inspections, and they assess the performance of all 43 police forces in England and Wales. The HM Inspector's observations of Cambridgeshire Constabulary included that the force "must improve the time it takes to attend calls for service". Elaborating, the report went on to say that the "constabulary has made some improvements to its attendance to calls for service, but it still isn't routinely attending incidents quickly enough". Another area of scrutiny was the 'quality and timeliness of investigations'. Here the HM Inspector said the force "must improve how it investigates and supervises crime". They explained that good outcomes for victims were observed, however, "the constabulary doesn't supervise investigations effectively and doesn't consistently set initial investigation plans." The report went on to explain: "This means victims may not always get the service they deserve." This was marked as an area in need of improvement. Main findings of the report The inspection assessed the force in ten areas of policing, with graded judgements made in nine of the ten. The report's findings were mixed, with no observations rated outstanding, with some "good" and other areas "requiring improvement", and no areas which were rated as totally inadequate. "Good" in four areas 1. Recording data about crime 2. Protecting vulnerable people 3. Developing a positive workplace 4. Good use of resources One of the areas that impressed inspectors were the Police's "planning processes" calling them an "area of innovation". The Police's strategic, threat and risk assessment (CAMSTRA) was deemed "well co-ordinated" and the planning cycle "comprehensive" especially in analysis current demand and the forecasting of future demand, the report read: "The inspectors hailed constabulary has highly effective planning processes that allow it to allocate its resources to where they are most needed". Read More Related Articles Council forced to address car cruising impact as Peterborough seen as 'soft option' Read More Related Articles Cambs police commissioner secures extra funding to support domestic abuse and sexual violence victims "Adequate" in three areas 1. Preventing crime 2. Treatment of the public 3. Managing offenders Cambridgeshire Constabulary was found to be "adequate" at treating people fairly and with respect. However, the report suggested that the report should ensure "reasonable grounds" are correctly recorded in stop and search encounters. Whilst in 2019 and 2020, an HMICFRS audit found that 94 percent of grounds recorded on stop and search forms were reasonable, in 2020 and 2021, this percentage dropped to 80.6 percent. A quote from the report read: "The force must understand what has contributed to this decline, and establish whether it represents a reduction in the number of reasonable grounds or a reduction in the effective recording of reasonable grounds". "Requires Improvement" in two areas 1. Investigating crime 2. Responding to the public When it comes to responding to the public, this was ranked as an area where the force requires improvement.
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." A previous inspection, in 2019, highlighted how this issue was "particularly evident" in domestic abuse calls that were graded as prompt - meaning it does not require an emergency attendance, but should be attended within four hours. While the report found that the force had improved response times for these calls, it stated the force "still isn't routinely attending calls of all types quickly enough". Investigation found that response and attendance were only within target time in 41 out of 79 incidents. The delays were reportedly mainly in a new category of 'priority' which had been created, meaning calls should be attended within an hour. Another key area noted was the time taken to respond to non-emergency calls, especially those made to 101. After a call made to 101 is triaged by a switchboard operators, it is then forwarded to the most appropriate area - this could be the emergency 999 line, but more often is a secondary line for another department. The report found that there are "delays on this secondary line that often causes callers to abandon the call".
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Missing out on opportunities to help 'repeat victims' The force were found to miss out on giving "routine" advice to callers on "preserving evidence'" or the "prevention of crime". The investigation found that crime prevention advice had only been given to callers in 40 out of 48 cases. The report stated: "...the force is missing opportunities to preserve evidence that would greatly help investigations. This means that the force is missing opportunities to reduce repeat victimisation at the point of call". The inspector, Roy Wilsher, recommended "repeat victims are routinely identified". His investigation found that checks were made to see if a caller was a repeat victim in only 57 out of 81 cases. The reported added: "[the force]It is missing out on opportunities to understand and reduce repeat victimisation". 'We continue to strive to be the best we can' Responding to CambridgeshireLive's request for comment on the report, Chief Constable Nick Dean, from Cambridgeshire Police said: "We welcome the recent HMICFRS report and which grades the force as Good in four key areas including crime recording, protecting vulnerable people, using its resources and developing its workforce, and adequate in a further three areas of policing. "These gradings highlight the good work the constabulary has done to ensure we are keeping our communities safe. The report highlights that there are some areas in which the force can improve on going forward. “The report highlights that there is good confidence in the force’s crime recording processes. In terms of public trust and confidence in those processes the constabulary was graded as GOOD in relation to recording data about crime and was found to be recording 99% of sexual offences. "The constabulary remains focused on ensuring all crimes are recorded appropriately and there are robust processes in place to ensure this takes place. The force has a comprehensive plan to support the investigation of crimes such as domestic abuse and sexual offences. "These plans are supported by strong partnership approaches including a well-established multi-agency sexual assault referral centre, which is performing, as per a Care Quality Commission assessment, to a very high standard. In addition we have a cohort of specially trained officers to support victims working within a dedicated rape investigation team that has a number of experienced specialist officers. Read more: The exact time you can catch the iconic Red Arrows soaring over Cambridgeshire tomorrow "They work in tandem with a coordinated team of independent sexual violence advisers who provide ongoing welfare support. Our investigative response to those who have been victims of sexual offences is further strengthened by the introduction of Vulnerability Focus Desks, which HMICFRS identified as innovative practice, and Early Intervention Domestic Abuse desks which have enhanced our initial and ongoing response to these allegations. "Officers are given additional expertise and guidance and are helped to signpost victims to the array of support networks provided by our partners and increase the likelihood of achieving a successful outcome. The constabulary is proud of the acknowledgement of four particular areas of innovation identified by the HMICFRS: Highly effective planning processes that allow it to allocate its resources to where they are most needed Sharing information with partner agencies at an early stage when it concerns offenders accessing indecent images of children The introduction of a specialist vulnerability force desk to enhance its frontline response when dealing with vulnerable people Its wellbeing provisions to support staff in high impact roles such as child abuse investigations “Since the inspection the force has harnessed the learning from the COVID 19 pandemic, and has developed enhanced engagement plans which are delivered through our neighbourhood policing teams to ensure we are listening to our communities and responding to their concerns. This approach is supported a problem solving approach with our community safety partners to achieve long term prevention. “We continue to strive to be the best we can and to keep Cambridgeshire safe". If you would like to read the full report you can do so here.
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