North Wales PEEL 2014
How well the force delivers value for money
North Wales Police is on track to meet its spending review challenge and is financially well-placed to face further cuts, but there are funding uncertainties that may increase future financial pressures.
North Wales is not only on track to meet its financial challenge for the spending review period but also for the following financial year, 2015/16. It has made the savings it needed with one of the smallest planned reductions in police officer numbers in England and Wales and with no overall reduction in its total workforce. This has enabled it to increase the numbers of staff on the front line.
HMIC found that the force has a good understanding of the demand it faces and is working to manage the demand better, and to change the way it provides policing so that police time is used to best effect.
Crime is stable in North Wales, although victim satisfaction with the police is well below the figure for most other forces in England and Wales.
To what extent is the force efficient?
The force has carried out a comprehensive analysis of demand based on calls into the control room.
Calls on police time could be significantly reduced if demand was better managed.
The force is now working to make better use of resources by reducing unnecessary demand.
The force has a good grasp of its resourcing levels and is working to align these in a better way to demand, so it can provide an effective response at all times.
Crime has fallen in North Wales and there are fewer crimes per head of population than for England and Wales. However, victim satisfaction has declined, and is below that for England and Wales.
To what extent is the force taking steps to ensure a secure financial position for the short and long term?
North Wales Police has faced a comparatively less difficult challenge than most forces from the spending cuts.
It has clear plans in place to achieve all of the savings it needs to make through to 2016 and is starting to develop plans for further austerity beyond that.
The force already has a strong track record of achieving the savings it has planned to make.
The force is in a good financial position now, but there are potential risks and uncertainty that may impact on its future funding.
To what extent has the force got an affordable way of providing policing?
The force is developing a new way of working to make best use of its resources, which it is trialling in one area, with a view to extending it across the whole force if successful.
North Wales Police has seen one of the smallest reductions in police officer numbers in England and Wales.
The force has made 40 percent of its savings from non-pay costs, which has further limited the need to reduce the size of the workforce.
There has been no overall reduction in workforce, which has enabled North Wales to increase both the number and the proportion of staff on the front line.