‘Good’ result for Leicestershire Police in latest HMIC inspection

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Leicestershire Police is good at treating people with fairness and respect – that’s the verdict in the latest inspection report.

On Thursday, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) published the results of its PEEL legitimacy inspections of all forces.

The overall judgement was ‘good’ and the HMIC highlighted the work done to seek feedback from communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and how the force has a “clear focus” on the wellbeing of its officers and staff.

The latest PEEL leadership assessment was also published and recognises the work done to develop diverse leadership teams.

Police and crime commissioner Lord Willy Bach said he welcomed both reports. “HMIC’s findings are reassuring for the public,” he added. “Once again, Leicestershire Police has been awarded an overall judgement of ‘good’ and many areas of good practice, including its approach to diversity, have been highlighted.

“I will of course discuss both reports with the chief constable, but I am pleased to see that some areas for improvement have also been identified. I know that work is already underway to address these points and it’s important to me, and the public, that I support the force in its progress.”

Deputy chief constable Roger Bannister said: “It is vital that the public has trust and confidence in the officers, staff and volunteers they come into contact with.

“Our organisational values clearly set out how we intend to protect our communities and form the foundations of everything we do. These values are reinforced in many different ways across the force as we strive to ensure we treat the communities we serve with respect, and on occasions when this doesn’t happen, hold officers and staff to account.

“The HMIC has outlined areas for improvement and work is ongoing to address these. Consultation and engagement activity is undertaken regularly across the force to field the views of our community, help inform policing priorities, and improve public confidence and satisfaction.”