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PCC Statement on HMICFRS PEEL Inspection

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His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has today (6 December) published its PEEL (Police effectiveness, efficacy and legitimacy) 2023-2025 report for Thames Valley Police.

The Inspectorate said that the force was found to make good use of stop and search to prevent and detect crime and is involving community members in the scrutiny of how it uses police powers, however they recommended improvements to how it works with partner organisations to assess and manage risks to vulnerable people, including making sure that risk assessments are detailed enough and dealt with promptly.

Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I take the findings from this inspection extremely seriously. 

“There are a number of areas for improvement highlighted in the report including those relating to the management of risks to vulnerable people.  It’s vital that the residents of the Thames Valley feel confident that the force are able to act quickly and have effective processes in place to protect vulnerable people from harm. From regular communication with the Chief Constable I know that actions have already been implemented since this inspection, including increasing staffing levels within safeguarding teams, which are addressing the issues highlighted.  I will continue to monitor this to ensure that sustainable systems and effective processes are in place which are better placed to respond to demand.

“There are many areas of good practice cited within the report including how Thames Valley Police uses its police powers, its fair treatment of people and communication with the public.  However, there is more that needs to be done to improve service delivery for Thames Valley communities.  I will assess the recommendations from His Majesty’s Inspectorate alongside the Chief Constable and monitor appropriate actions through my ongoing scrutiny to drive forward the improvements that are needed.”