Northumbria Police rated as 'good' in inspection over its crime fighting work

The latest HMIC reports look into the effectiveness of the 43 forces across England and Wales.
The latest HMIC reports look into the effectiveness of the 43 forces across England and Wales.

Police across South Tyneside are doing a 'good' job in tackling crime and keeping people safe.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has given Northumbria the rating after looking at each of the 43 areas across England and Wales to assess how effective they are.

Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Steve Ashman.

Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Steve Ashman.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham, who led the PEEL Effectiveness report inspection, said: "This is one of the most wide-ranging inspections HMIC has ever conducted. "We’ve examined police effectiveness across the board – from how forces identify anti-social behaviour hotspots, to their mapping of organised crime groups, and from their management of the most dangerous offenders, to their work to protect children.

“The job of the inspectorate is to shine a light on both good performance, and on things that need to improve; and this inspection found both."

Northumbria's Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: "Protecting the vulnerable in our communities is our number one priority, it is therefore pleasing that HMIC have assessed Northumbria Police to be good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

"As a large metropolitan force, we are particularly proud of the acknowledgement by HMIC that our staff understand that the needs of each victim are paramount and that we have good arrangements with our partners to support vulnerable victims.

Northumbria Police's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

"This has also been recognised by victims with our satisfaction rating being amongst the highest in England and Wales.

"Overall, the report has highlighted many areas of good performance and I am confident that we are well placed to build on this firm foundation as we continuously seek to improve the service we provide.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “While we are pleased, we are not complacent.

"We want to keep raising the bar, making improvements and ensuring the best interests of the victim and community remain at the heart of all we do.

"The chief constable and I are determined to do all we can to preserve our high policing standards and our national reputation for victim satisfaction.”