Lancashire Constabulary has been rated ‘good’ by her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in the latest PEEL Inspection.
The grading is outlined in a report published today which explores how legitimate the Constabulary is at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Inspectors assessed how fairly officers used their Police powers and treated local communities, as well as exploring the work being done to understand and address organisational issues like workforce development and wellbeing.
HMICFRS found that the Constabulary is good at treating all the people it serves with fairness and respect; observing the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics, complying with national recording standards for use of force; and effectively monitoring stop and search.
Inspectors also graded the Constabulary good at ensuring its workforce behaved ethically and lawfully, with officers and staff understanding the importance of standards of integrity, and good procedures in place to identify and address any concerns raised either by members of the public or employees.
HMICFRS also found the Constabulary had a good understanding of workforce representation and had taken a number of positive steps to improve recruitment and progression amongst some under- represented groups.
Finally, Inspectors found a clear focus on wellbeing, including the emotional and mental health of all of the Constabulary’s officers and staff.
The commitment to take preventive early action to improve workforce wellbeing was noted, along with a significant financial investment in occupational health services and initiatives to support staff wellbeing. However, a lack of awareness amongst supervisors of some of this work did prompt some recommendations for improvement.
Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “Overall we are pleased with the findings of the Inspectorate who have carried out a comprehensive assessment of how we treat our local communities, including how proportionately we use powers like stop and search, and how fairly we treat our own employees.
“I was encouraged to see some of the work we have done since the last report to firmly embed the Code of Ethics and to improve use of Stop and Search and Taser was all referenced, along with the significant amount of training we have done to give our staff the skills they need to deliver a competent, consistent and compassionate service to members of the public.
“However, the report has highlighted some areas for further improvement which we are already working on. As HMICFRS acknowledged, we have a clear focus on wellbeing, including emotional and mental health, with structures and plans in place to support our officers and staff. Our challenge now is to ensure all of our officers and staff are more fully aware of this work and have the time and capacity they need to make the most of this available support. This will be a very real challenge for us given the ever increasing workload and complex nature of the demand we are dealing with on a daily basis.
“However, I am personally and professionally committed to achieving this and to ensuring we continue to give the very best support we can to both the people within our organisation and the local communities we are here to serve.”