Policing in Lancashire has been rated “good” at cutting crime in the latest survey of forces in England and Wales.
Independent assessors say the county’s constabulary is performing well, despite the continuing cutbacks imposed by central government.
The force’s effectiveness is classified as “good” in terms of reducing crime, preventing offending, investigating crime and tackling anti-social behaviour, says a report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary out today.
On efficiency, the force is on track to meet its financial challenge through to 2015/16. And in relation to legitimacy, the force is acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in most of the practices that were examined this year, says the report.
HMIC inspector for the Northern region, Mike Cunningham, said: “Lancashire Constabulary is effective at preventing and investigating crime, reducing offending and tackling anti-social behaviour with the victim at the centre of decisions and activity.
“The force has a comprehensive and well-managed change programme in place to achieve the savings required, while minimising as far as possible the impact on frontline policing.
“Lancashire Constabulary’s approach to crime-recording is good with a high degree of accuracy.”
HMIC says it independently assesses police forces and policing activity – ranging from neighbourhood teams though serious crime to the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.
Grading ranges from outstanding, to good, requires improvement and inadequate.