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Police and Crime Commissioner responds to latest HMICFRS PEEL report for Thames Valley Police

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has today (28 April) published its PEEL (Police effectiveness, efficacy and legitimacy) 2021/22 report for Thames Valley Police

Matthew Barber has welcomed the findings of today’s PEEL inspection into the effectiveness, efficacy and legitimacy of Thames Valley Police, with the Force being graded ‘Good’ in a number of key areas. 

The latest report from HMICFRS highlights a number of areas of success, including the recording of crime data, whilst outlining some areas of improvement for the Force. 

Responding to today’s report, Matthew said: “Today’s report by HMICFRS highlights how the Force has been able to improve its ability to record crime data, the treatment of the public and managing offenders. 

“Since the last PEEL inspection that was conducted in 2019, the Force has had to endure a period of high demand including the impacts of the pandemic, the Forbury Gardens terrorist attack in 2020 and managing a number of public protests. Despite this, I am pleased to hear that today’s report commends the Force’s ability to continue to keep our communities safe and prevent crime.   

“I was also pleased to see the report note the importance of the force’s work in attracting applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds to join the force, as part of its ongoing recruitment process. 

“I also welcome the challenges highlighted in this report. As Police & Crime Commissioner it is my job to hold the Force to account and so I will work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure that Thames Valley Police are able to address the issues raised and make further improvements to better protect the public.”