CHESHIRE Police has been praised for keeping people safe, reducing crime and caring about the local community.
The results were revealed as part of a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.
Inspectors were impressed with the measures that have been taken to address disproportionality within the workforce and the significant improvements made to the use of stop and search powers – an issue that was previously highlighted as an area of improvement for the Constabulary.
Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “Police legitimacy is a critical element of policing and it is vital that our officers treat people with respect in the course of their duties and use their powers fairly.
“It’s pleasing to see that this report recognises that our ‘We’re Here’ commitments and ‘Code of Ethics’ are now enshrined at the heart of the organisation. It emphasises our commitment to the people we serve and ensures that all our officers and staff have a clear understanding of the values of the force.”
David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire added: “The legitimacy of any police force – making sure our local officers are treating people fairly and with respect and acting ethically and lawfully – is crucial in a democratic society. So, we’re particularly pleased that the HMICFRS has recognised the Cheshire force as good for our efforts to continue to build ever stronger legitimacy and leadership.”
Also highlighted in the report, was Cheshire Police’s better understanding of the views of young people and its many methods of seeking feedback from the public.
Inspectors also commended the ‘impressive’ work that the Constabulary has done to improve the use of stop and search powers.
CC McCormick added: “We must be an honest, open and transparent organisation if we are to maintain the trust and confidence of the people we serve. How we treat are own staff is the start of that to ensure we respond promptly and professionally to any issues or complaints about the conduct of our officers and staff or the manner in which we deliver policing services.
“We also actively encourage feedback from staff and officers internally, and it is pleasing to see that inspectors found that all those working in the force feel supported and have the confidence to speak out if they have any concerns.”