North Yorkshire Police told to improve how it tackles serious and organised crime

North Yorkshire Police needs to improve how it tackles serious and organised crime, inspectors say.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found in its PEEL police effectiveness 2016 report that the force was good in other areas,  but needed to do more work on how it investigated the most serious types of crime

HMIC judged that North Yorkshire Police is:

  • ‘good’ at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe;
  • ‘good’ at how it investigates crime and reduces re-offending;
  • ‘good’ at how it protects those who are vulnerable from harm, and supporting victims; and
  • ‘requires improvement’ in how it tackles serious and organised crime.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said he was pleased to report that since the last HMIC inspection North Yorkshire Police continued to effectively keep people safe and reduce crime.

He said: “The force is good at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, with a strong focus from the police and crime commissioner and the chief constable on protecting neighbourhood policing.

“The force carries out good quality investigations, and has good processes in place to identify, investigate and bring repeat and dangerous offenders to justice and prevent them from re-offending. We found that officers and staff have the appropriate skills to investigate specific crimes.

“Call centre staff are able to assess risk correctly, however more could be done to gather information at this early stage. This would assist in the investigation process in order to prevent any delay and ensure the best possible outcome for victims.”

But he added: “The force has improvements to make in the way it tackles serious and organised crime. The force does have some understanding of the threats faced by local communities and is taking active steps to enhance its knowledge of emerging crime types.

“There is some work ongoing to gather intelligence and disrupt crime groups within local areas; however, this was not consistent across the whole of the organisation. Further prevention and detection work is needed to ensure that all communities are protected from serious and organised crime.”

Deputy Chief Constable Lisa Winward said the report confirmed that North Yorkshire Police was good at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

“The positive report shows how our teams of officers, police staff, special constables and volunteers are working effectively to detect and deter criminality,  manage offenders and prevent re-offending, as well as dealing with anti-social behaviour with a strong commitment to neighbourhood policing.

But she added: “We do, however, acknowledge the findings of the HMIC regarding the need for a more consistent approach in dealing with serious and organised crime across the county, specifically in relation to local intelligence gathering and disruption of known and emerging crime groups.

“We will review the report and take any necessary action to increase our capability in this area.”