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Staffordshire Police

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of Staffordshire police and its ability to tackle crime in Staffordshire. (122234)

The Home Office has published formal reports relating to the assessment of performance of police forces in England and Wales and of Staffordshire police specifically. The most recent Police Performance Assessments were published in October 2006 covering annual data to March 2006. These assessments combine the robust evaluation of data collected by the force and through the British Crime Survey with the results from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) evidence-based qualitative inspections. Forces are assessed across seven policing areas to provide a thorough, balanced and realistic assessment of its ability to tackle crime and disorder.

In these assessments Staffordshire gained a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ grading in each of the seven policing performance areas, as demonstrated in the following table

Performance area delivery direction

Assessment

Reducing Crime

Good Stable

Investigating Crime

Excellent Stable

Promoting Safety

Good Stable

Providing Assistance

Excellent Stable

Citizen Focus

Excellent Improved

Resource Use

Excellent Stable

Local Policing

Good Stable

The overall delivery grading highlights the force’s position in relation to the policing in other forces with similar socio-demographic conditions and indicates that Staffordshire is performing above its peer group. Further detail on these assessments can be found at:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-andmeasurement/performance-assessment/

Further details on HMIC’s assessment of Staffordshire police’s ability to tackle crime can be found at:

http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/inspect_reports1/