The Police Service of Northern Ireland welcomes the overall ‘good’ grading awarded by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in the ‘PEEL: Police efficiency’ and ‘PEEL: Police effectiveness’ inspections, undertaken in March 2017.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “We welcome the overall ‘good’ grading awarded by HMICFRS in the ‘Police effectiveness’ inspection. The inspection has shown that we have improved our response to preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour. In addition, it also recognises that we have a comprehensive understanding of the threats posed to our communities from serious and organised crime, and terrorism. It also acknowledges that we have effective processes in place to investigate, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups, making good use of preventative orders to manage the most serious and dangerous offenders within our communities. This is an improvement on last years’ overall assessment which was ‘requires improvement’. We have continued to deliver effective policing in a very challenging financial situation and we will be considering the report in detail to identify any further areas where we can continue to improve on the work already undertaken.
“The HMICFRS ‘Police efficiency’ report recognised that we use resources efficiently to Keep People Safe; have a good understanding of current demand; and have a strong track record of achieving required savings. The report also highlighted the restrictions placed on us as a result of current funding arrangements. Since 2011 the PSNI Budget has been reduced by some £271m, despite this significant challenge, independent surveys show confidence in policing is at over 90%.
“HMICFRS has highlighted the importance of partnership working in supporting the safety and wellbeing of our communities. I am particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised a number of examples of local neighbourhood officers working with a range of partners across Northern Ireland to Keep People Safe and to resolve crime and anti-social behaviour problems within communities and we will continue to use those identified good examples to reinforce engagement across all communities. The PSNI also recognises that effective partnership working in Northern Ireland is key and requires the strategic direction that was laid out in the Draft Programme for Government. This is all the more important given the increasing financial pressures across the public sector.”