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Gwent 2016

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This is HMIC’s third PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Gwent Police. PEEL is designed to give the public information about how their local police force is performing in several important areas, in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year on year. The assessment is updated throughout the year with our inspection findings and reports.

The extent to which the force is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime: not yet graded.

The extent to which the force is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is: good.

The extent to which the force is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime: not yet graded.

The efficiency inspection findings are published below. My overall assessment of Gwent’s performance will be published in spring 2017.

Wendy Williams, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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Effectiveness

How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

To be graded

PEEL assessments are updated throughout the year, as the results of the different inspections and data collections become available. The graded judgments for effectiveness will be published in March 2017. See last year’s assessment of the force’s effectiveness.

View the five questions for effectiveness

Efficiency

How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Last updated 03/11/2016
Good

Gwent Police has a good understanding of demand for its services gained through regular reviews of all the demand it faces and use of data on internal, hidden and proactive demand. It is beginning to use its data to understand trends and to send officers in advance to meet anticipated demand.

The force has a clear resourcing model, which has been developed using demand modelling to determine the most effective use of its resources and is matched against current finances and the expectations of money available from the government in the future.

The force has an outstanding and comprehensive investment strategy that details viable plans for investment in information and communications technology (ICT), including digitisation to improve the efficiency of its service.

The force can demonstrate that it has a credible financial plan that is built on sound assumptions for the medium-term future of the force. It has robust financial plans in place to keep its finances balanced over the four-year period to 2020/21.

Gwent Police has been assessed as good in respect of the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

Gwent Police has a good understanding of its demand in all areas. Demand is at the centre of the force’s understanding of how it operates, how it plans and how it deploys. Senior officers understand their demand data and the effect that the different types of demand (e.g. internal, hidden, proactive) have on the force, its partners and the public.

The force is beginning to use its data to understand trends and to send officers in advance to meet anticipated demand. It works well with partners at a senior level to ensure collective responsibility for demand and that misdirected demand is understood and avoided.

The force uses its resources effectively to manage current demand and uses its strong understanding of demand to allocate resources. It has systems in place to understand its workforce gaps and capabilities, which means that it can match operational skills in real time to demand and allows longer-term planning and deployment of resources.

Gwent Police has developed strong collaborations with other forces, the public sector and industry to deal with demand more efficiently. It is planning actively for demand in the future and takes account of public satisfaction in these plans. It also has processes in place to ensure that it reviews the impact of change on service provision.

By 2020/21, Gwent Police faces a potential budget shortfall, detailed in the force’s medium-term financial plan, of £9.5m, which the force anticipates will be covered by efficiency savings from its change programme. It has investment plans that should achieve greater efficiency and service improvement.

It will need to continue focusing on value for money throughout the medium term to sustain and improve operational effectiveness.

View the three questions for efficiency

Legitimacy

How legitimate is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

To be graded

PEEL assessments are updated throughout the year, as the results of the different inspections and data collections become available. The graded judgments for legitimacy will be published in December 2016. See last year’s assessment of the force’s legitimacy.

View the three questions for legitimacy

Other inspections

How well has the force performed in our other inspections?

In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMIC carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2016 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.

Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.

Leadership

PEEL assessments are updated throughout the year, as the results of the different inspections and data collections become available. HMIC’s assessment of leadership will be published in December 2016. See last year’s assessment of the force’s leadership.

View the three questions for leadership

Other reports

This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of Gwent Police.

View other reports

Key facts

Force Area

599 square miles

Population

0.58m people 4% local 10 yr change

Workforce

78% frontline 78% national level
3.6 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
14% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend (no change) National 5 year trend (no change)

Cost

59p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Points of context provided by the force

Find out more about the area policed by this force.

Police and crime plan priorities

The police and crime plan, as well as other information about the PCC, can be found on their website.