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PIs: CoPLA SAYS REPORT DOES NOT GIVE FULL PICTURE

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The police are getting better at cracking violent crime, the independent Committee of Local Police Authorities (CoP...
The police are getting better at cracking violent crime, the independent Committee of Local Police Authorities (CoPLA) said after the Audit Commission confirmed forces are doing better.

CoPLA chairman Chris Winterton said the report showed the commitment of police authorities to meeting the needs of the communities they represent.

'In almost every part of the country, police forces are improving their performance, bettering their targets and getting more efficient. This will be built upon as police authorities strive to make the service even more efficient, effective and accountable to their communities.

'One of the indicators that needs further attention is the indicator for burglaries. In the majority of cases, the detection by primary means of just over 10% clearly shows a need to improve. I hope that individuals and agencies will come together to lift this performance overall and that the service can benefit from those forces which have shown increases in this performance area.

'Nonetheless, we must not lose sight of the fact that the report does not give the full picture of all the demands on the police. Although the report is useful, this year's performance indicators contain no measure of customer satisfaction.

'Police forces have nothing to fear from an objective assessment of their performance. We have every confidence that they are among finest law enforcement agencies in the world. The challenge now is for the commission to make its performance indicators more relevant to help the police set their priorities and improve their performance.'

CoPLA recognises that demands on the service mean that government must remain committed to improving the resources made available to police authorities to enable them to maintain the progress made this year and realise further improvements to the service.

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