North Yorkshire PEEL 2016
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; 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.
Police leadership is crucial in enabling a force to be effective, efficient and legitimate. This inspection focused on how a force understands, develops and displays leadership through its organisational development.
North Yorkshire Police has made a clear commitment, in its people strategy, to valuing and developing its workforce, and has set clear expectations for its leaders at all ranks and grades. It uses a number of methods to promote the standards it expects from its leaders across the whole workforce. The force has introduced a series of leadership engagement events, which allow the chief officer team to communicate directly with managers at sergeant, inspector and police staff equivalent levels, resolving a shortcoming which was identified in HMIC’s PEEL leadership inspection in 2015. Police staff and officers have a clear understanding of what is expected from the force’s leaders and feel comfortable challenging the more senior staff.
Senior leaders in North Yorkshire Police have a very good understanding of the leadership capabilities throughout the organisation. The force uses a broad range of methods to develop leadership capability. The force recognises and develops the leadership skills of its own workforce, but it also seeks to attract new people. The force is one of only a few that have selected a candidate for Direct Entry at superintendent level.