Hampshire Constabulary have been rated ‘Good’ for effectiveness, with latest data showing formal action taken on almost 5,000 more crimes.
On the same day that HMICFRS independently graded Hampshire Constabulary ‘Good’ for its investigation capability and protecting vulnerable people, even more up-to-date information released by the force shows that officers have further improved their effectiveness with 4,790 more ‘formal outcomes’ achieved – up 25 per cent on the previous year.
‘Formal outcomes’ include action taken in the form of criminal charges, out-of-court disposals and convictions in court. This surge in performance is largely down to a renewed focus on high harm offences. The trend is up across teams in all parts of the force – neighbourhood policing, response and patrol, investigation teams and joint operational units.
Effectiveness is demonstrated by the rate of formal outcomes achieved by officers and staff (+25 per cent) significantly outstripping the well reported increase in reports of crime (8.8 per cent). For high harm crimes such as Violence with Injury (+38.3 per cent) and Domestic Abuse (+66 per cent) figures are even more impressive.
Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen said “We welcome today’s news as a positive endorsement that we are on track. Policing has never been more difficult but one clear measure of effectiveness is the number of positive outcomes we achieve, and we’ve delivered 5,000 more than last year. Despite fewer officers, more justice is being delivered for victims of crime.
“We have made further significant improvements since the inspection happened in the middle of 2017 and in doing so already addressed areas of concern in the report.
“Everyone knows our difficult funding position, and we have worked hard to achieve these results. They come from a combination of clear focus, having some of the best police officers and staff in the country, and good operational leadership. I would like to thank everyone who has played their part, and the public for their amazing support at a time when the pressure on our frontline has never been greater.”
HMICFRS “Effectiveness” Report – Hampshire Constabulary Key Points
The report, published by HMICFRS on 22 March 2018, is based on data from the 12 month period to 30 June 2017.
In 2016 Hampshire Constabulary was told it requires improvement in two of the four sub-categories of Effectiveness (Investigating Crime and Protecting Vulnerable People). The force is now graded ‘Good’ across the board.