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West Yorkshire 2016

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This is HMIC’s third PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire’s performance will be published in spring 2017.

Michael Cunningham, 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

West Yorkshire Police has been assessed as good in respect of the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. The force has a good understanding of all of the current demand for its services. It also has a developing understanding of future demand, and has plans in place as to how it will understand and manage likely future demand better. The force is improving both the capability and the capacity of its workforce and makes good use of its resources to manage current demand. The force has sound financial plans in place to ensure its investments deliver benefits in terms of both efficiencies and savings.

HMIC found West Yorkshire Police to have a good understanding of all of the current demand for its services. It also has a developing understanding of future demand, with the force having plans in place for how it will understand and manage likely future demand better. The force is working well with partners to determine what the future demand for service will be from its communities and is working to meet those needs. The force uses survey information at local levels to identify changes in public expectations and set clear priorities. The force has a good workforce model which meets its current demand, with a new shift system launched earlier this year and an increase in resources for the protection of vulnerable people within the community. This means that the force is able to meet the current demand and is able to provide those services which the public expects.

The force is improving both the capability and the capacity of its workforce. It is recruiting new police officers and police staff with the right skills to tackle the workforce gaps which have been identified. West Yorkshire Police has significant investment in the digitalisation of the force. The use of mobile data terminals by all of its frontline officers and staff means that they are more visible to the communities and visit police premises less. The force has a well-developed programme for officers and staff to work in an agile way using technology and the ability to work at remote locations, such as the buildings of other organisations, to support efficiencies and the productivity of its staff. The force has robust ways of doing business, through its change programme, to make efficiencies and to ensure that benefits are tracked and are realised. The force has sound financial plans to ensure that its investments are planned to produce both efficiencies and savings. Through working collaboratively with other forces, a number of operational services in West Yorkshire Police, such as its forensic science provision, have made significant efficiencies and produced savings for the force. HMIC found the force to be good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

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 constabulary’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 West Yorkshire Police.

View other reports

Key facts

Force Area

783 square miles

Population

2.26m people 7% local 10 yr change

Workforce

81% frontline 78% national level
3.7 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
18% 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 National 5 year trend (no change)

Cost

51p 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.