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Dyfed-Powys 2017

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This is HMICFRS’ fourth PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Dyfed-Powys 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 is not yet graded.

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

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

The efficiency inspection findings are published below.

Wendy Williams, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

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HMI's observations

My overall assessment of Dyfed-Powys’ performance will be published in spring 2018, following the publication of the legitimacy and effectiveness inspections in December 2017 and March 2018, respectively.

Effectiveness

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

To be graded
View the five questions for effectiveness

Efficiency

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

Last updated 09/11/2017
Requires improvement

Dyfed-Powys Police is judged to require improvement in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. Our overall judgment this year is the same as last year. The force’s understanding of demand is judged to be good; it is assessed to require improvement for its use of resources to manage demand; and its planning for future demand is judged to require improvement.

Dyfed-Powys Police needs to improve the overall efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime, although there are some aspects of the force’s work that are managed well, such as its understanding of demand. The force has well-established processes and systems that allow it to monitor and understand current demand, including demand that might go unreported. It uses this understanding to move resources to where they are needed most. The force’s leaders are also good at promoting innovative thinking to reduce demand, and use continuous improvement techniques to good effect, identifying wasteful and inefficient practices.

Dyfed-Powys Police needs to improve the way it uses its resources. The force has not undertaken a skills audit to understand the capacity and capability of all of its people. Such an audit would help the force inform its recruitment, selection and promotion processes in order to identify the best people for the job and to develop people in their roles. The force also needs to improve the way it plans for the future. For example, the force needs to make better use of national recruitment and development schemes, external recruitment, and other recruitment opportunities to ensure it is able to recruit, promote and develop people with the skills it needs. The force also needs to develop an integrated vision of the future that takes into account public expectation, changing technology, interoperability with other emergency services and the reduced resources available to its partners. On a more positive note, the force has made good progress in developing a more strategic approach to partnership working. It has also invested well in ICT, which has resulted in significant savings and a reduction in demand across a number of areas.

View the three questions for efficiency

Legitimacy

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

To be graded
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, HMICFRS 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.

Key facts

Force Area

4230 square miles

Population

0.52m people 4% local 10 yr change

Workforce

79% frontline 78% national level
3.6 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
7% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

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

Cost

54p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Points of context provided by the force

  • The force area’s 515,114 residents are spread over 4,188 square miles, which is over half the land mass of Wales.
  • The four counties that make up the force area have a vibrant tourist industry that draws large numbers of visitors each year.

Police and crime plan priorities

The PCC’s priorities are:

  • Keeping our communities safe – taking a preventative and collaborative approach to tackling and dealing with crime, anti-social behaviour and road safety;
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  • Safeguarding the vulnerable – improving the response to domestic abuse, mental health and hate crime; safeguarding children from exploitation and abuse; developing a strong relationship with young people;
  • Protecting our communities from serious threats – respond to the threats posed from terrorism and serious and organised crime; raising awareness of cyber-crime and how the public can protect themselves;
  • Connecting with communities – establish positive relationships with communities to increase, and maintain, trust in Dyfed-Powys Police; promote the role of Neighbourhood Police Teams; expand our volunteer pool; ensure that the public receive an accessible and responsive service.

Underpinning these priorities are a number of delivery principles;

  • supporting victims
  • public engagement
  • working together
  • strong leadership
  • delivering value for money