The Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis, has responded to a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary on effectiveness of policing.
Brandon Lewis, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said:
Having confidence in your local police force’s effectiveness in keeping people safe and reducing crime is profoundly important to communities. So I am pleased that two-thirds of forces are rated in today’s report as either good or outstanding, and that there have been real improvements, in particular, in the overall police response to vulnerable people.
But a number of forces clearly still have more work to do to ensure they are providing the level of service which communities expect and deserve.
This Government has protected police funding, through the 2015 Spending Review. There can be no excuse for any force that fails to deliver on its obligations – those identified as inadequate or requiring improvement must take HMIC’s findings very seriously and I expect to see rapid improvements.