Deputy Chief Constable Darren Davies has welcomed the findings of an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) who independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and fire & rescue services – in the public interest.
The Deputy Chief Constable said: “We very much welcome the latest legitimacy report from HMICFRS which gives yet further substantial evidence of the progress the force is making, having last month seen some tangible signs of improvement when they released their efficiency report. This report also considers the leadership of the force.
“This is the 4th year of the PEEL inspection process, and we are delighted that for the first time Dyfed-Powys has achieved a ‘Good’ grading in ‘legitimacy’ since the inception of the process.
“This inspection took place in June, barely 6 months since the new command team had been in place, and has recognised the progress being made, supported by a dedicated workforce and a Police and Crime Commissioner whose direction for the future and ethos is closely aligned with that of the Chief Officers.
“HMICFRS has recognised the significant progress that has been made against both inspection areas in the last 12 months. We are confident that when the 3rd strand of the PEEL reports on ‘effectiveness’ is published in 2018, this will bring yet further evidence of progress.
“In 2015 & 2016 Dyfed-Powys Police was graded as requires improvement in both legitimacy and efficiency. For two years running there had been no recognised improvement.
“Together with all staff, we have worked tirelessly to improve performance and we are particularly pleased that we have been graded as good with regard to our understanding of demand as well as good for the way we treat the public and good for how ethically our staff behave.
“HMICFRS has identified areas for improvement and we have already begun the work to address these points and will continue to do so whilst supporting our staff who are maintaining this positive direction of travel.
“Much has been achieved, but there remains a lot of hard work ahead to continue to strive to deliver a top quality service for our communities.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys I am delighted that the hard work and effort is being recognised. I am keen to see standards across the Force improving and believe that recent improvements are down to the new leadership, supported by a committed workforce.”