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Police must improve - warning

Created on 03/03/2017 @ 09:06
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Dyfed-Powys Police has been told it must improve how it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

The force "requires improvement", Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said following a review of effective policing levels in England and Wales.

Dyfed-Powys Police said it was "very aware of the work that remains ahead of us".

The watchdog judged forces on how effective they are in four areas:

§  At preventing crime and anti-social behaviour

§  At investigating crime and managing offenders

§  At protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims

§  At tackling serious and organised crime

The report said Dyfed-Powys Police does well at preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour, and that it responds well to serious and organised crime.

But it raised concerns about its investigation standards and said there were "weaknesses" in how it supports and safeguards vulnerable people.

HMI Zoe Billingham, who led the inspection, said: "Over the last few years, HMIC has said consistently that police forces were managing well in increasingly difficult circumstances.

"Nonetheless, today, I'm raising a red flag to warn forces of the consequences of what is, to all intents and purposes, an unconscious form of rationing of police services."

Responding to the report, Dyfed-Powys Police's Deputy Chief Constable Darren Davies said: "The report identifies a number of areas of positive progress and good practice, but there remains the need for yet further improvement.

"The inspection was conducted some months ago, and we have and will continue to take robust steps to address the areas for improvement with the support of partners, staff and communities."

He added the force was due to introduce new initiatives "to ensure that we get the basics right in all our interactions with our communities, protect the vulnerable and deliver a high quality police service for all".

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