‘Force must improve to keep people safe’

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Humberside Police requires improvement in keeping people safe and reducing crime in the area, according to the police watchdog.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said the force “has more work to do to improve crime investigation, but it has improved how it manages offenders.”

The inspection - the final part of the of the PEEL Programme - assessed Humberside Police in four areas: preventing crime, anti-social behaviour, protecting vulnerable people, investigating crimes and managing offenders and tackling serious, organised crime.

The watchdog said Humberside Police’s capacity to deal with serious and organised crime was good, but it required improvement in three other areas of inspection.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham, who led the inspection, said although most forces were “good” at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, that performance is at risk due to a decline in neighbourhood 
policing.