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In 2022, HMICFRS conducted an inspection of Wiltshire Police in line with their programme of scrutiny. Their report, ‘Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy’, in July 2022, graded us as ‘inadequate’ in our ability to respond to the public, protect vulnerable people and strategic planning. We were moved into HMICFRS Engage oversight in 2022.
At the start of my tenure as Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, I made a simple commitment to our communities to increase our transparency and updates to you all regarding our progress through the HMICFRS ‘Engage’ process.
The pages below set out a top-level summary of the activity we have driven in these areas to date; the results we have seen, and the next steps we must take. It outlines the ‘causes of concerns’ which HMICFRS assessed as requiring the most significant improvements.
Whilst there are some early signs of improved delivery in our policing service across Wiltshire, this has yet to achieve consistent and sustained performance improvements across the board.
My officers and staff are working extremely hard. However, we still have much more to do to achieve our ambitions of providing the best possible service to our communities and re-build trust and confidence in Wiltshire Police.We need to now embed the changes we have made to date and adopt a culture that is truly victim-focussed.
To assist us in continuing with our improvement journey, I have developed a single, clear plan for Wiltshire Police, which will be supported by explicit delivery plans. I have also appointed a dedicated senior member of police staff who will be instrumental in improving scrutiny, oversight and accountability across all departments.
I will continue to share our progress and our challenges as we strive to deliver the best possible service to our communities and, above all else,keep Wiltshire safe.ind our response to the report, and the action we are taking to improve our service.
Here you can find our response to the report, and the action we are taking to improve our service.
Wiltshire Chief Constable Catherine Roper talks about the ongoing work taking place as part of the Engage process after the recent HMICFRS inspection
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