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FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION FINDS 'SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS' BY POLICE FORCE

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Central Scotland Police has made significant progress in addressing the issues raised during a primary inspection o...
Central Scotland Police has made significant progress in addressing the issues raised during a primary inspection of the force in 2003, according to follow-up review published today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

The follow-up inspection, which focused on the current activities undertaken by the force and action taken in response to the recommendations and suggestions in 2003, found that all nine recommendations and 13 out of 19 areas for review have been fully discharged.

As part of the inspection process, HMIC also took the opportunity to examine a number of other areas including progress on the recruitment of special constables, race relations, community planning, disability discrimination, management and execution of warrants, and efforts to tackle anti social behaviour.

HMIC has welcomed the positive progress being made across a number of these areas, in particular the force has:

* Tackled the issue of sickness absence by introducing robust management procedures and support mechanisms, resulting in a significant overall reduction in days lost through sickness

* Made significant achievements in the recruitment and deployment of Special Constables, providing the force with a substantial resource to support regular police officers in a variety of policing disciplines.

The report also highlights that:

* The force's prudent financial management, which together with the revised and increased grant-aided expenditure package, has allowed the force to sustain significant staffing levels.

* Considerable progress to strengthen community planning since the primary inspection.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Andrew Brown, said:

'Central Scotland Police has responded positively to the primary inspection report of 2003 and there is clear evidence of having addressed the recommendations and main areas for review contained within that report.

'While work on some of the areas for review is not yet complete, for example the continuing development of a human resources strategy, recruitment, centralised call handling and custody management, the force has addressed all the recommendations and progress has been made in all areas.

'Progess in relation to the remaining areas for review and other areas of work where HMIC has an interest will be examined as part of the second review inspection during 2007.

'Overall, this is a positive report and demonstrates that Central Scotland Police is providing a high standard of service to their local community.'

HMIC uses a cyclical inspection process comprising a primary inspection and two successive risk assessed reviews. It can be summarised as follows:

A primary inspection of each police force and common police service is made every five years. This comprises a comprehensive examination of all aspects of a force or organisation's activity at a strategic level. There is also subsequent field work focusing on areas of business which attract particular attention due to performance levels, variations from common practice or concerns identified about the approaches followed. The process also seeks to identify good practice from which other forces or common services could learn. A report is placed before the appropriate Police Board/Authority, published and placed on the HMIC website.

In the intervening years, two review inspections take place at 18 month intervals. These focus on a range of issues including progress against recommendations made in the primary inspection, progress made against recommendations made in recent thematic inspections and national developments in policing. Reports of these inspections are also presented to the Police Board/Authority and a copy posted on the HMIC website.

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