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WELCOME FOR POLICE GRADING WHICH STOPS SHORT OF LEAGUE TABLE

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A new grading system for police forces, the results of which are out today, ...
A new grading system for police forces, the results of which are out today,

has been welcomed by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

But it would not be fair to create a league table of police forces from

these results, ACPO president Chris Fox told BBC Radio Four's Today

programme this morning.

HM Inspectors of Constabulary have graded police forces against a wide range

of measures. Lancashire police comes out as being the best performing force

and Cleveland the worst, Today reported.

But Chris Fox warned that a league table does not present a fair picture.

'This is not a science, because this is the first time it's been done,' he

said.

However, the grading system would be a useful tool, he said. 'It's a very

good idea because it measures police forces across the whole range of

things ... It enables both HM inspector and the chief constable to take stock

of what's working in the force and what's not.'

In future this would allow allowing forces to measure their own progress, he

said.

Another report out today, from the Commission for Racial Equality, will

criticise police forces for failing to deal with racism in their own ranks,

the Today programme reported.

The report says some forces might face legal action from officers because of

this failure.

NEW POLICE FORCE BASELINE ASSESSMENTS PUBLISHED(HMIC)

POLICE AUTHORITIES WELCOME HMIC BASELINE ASSESSMENTS(APA)

MAJOR FAILINGS IN POLICE SCHEMES DESIGNED TO IMPROVE RACE EQUALITY(CRE)

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