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Cheshire 2018/19

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This is HMICFRS’s fifth PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Cheshire Constabulary. PEEL is designed to give you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas, in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year on year.

Cheshire Constabulary was inspected in tranche two and we found:

the extent to which the force is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe is good.

the extent to which the force operates efficiently and sustainably is good.

the extent to which the force treats the public and its workforce legitimately is good.

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PEEL: Police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy 2018/19 – Cheshire Constabulary

Phil Gormley, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary


HMI's observations

I am pleased with the performance of Cheshire Constabulary in keeping people safe and reducing crime.

The constabulary is good at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour. It is good at investigating crime and has continued to improve through clearer procedures and better supervision. The constabulary identifies vulnerable victims well and works with partners to support them.

I am impressed by the significant improvements the constabulary has made to its crime recording processes since our last inspection.

The constabulary understands its demand well. It is using this information to develop financial and workforce plans for the future. These include increasing the number of its officers.

The constabulary continues to uphold an ethical culture and promote standards of professional behaviour well. However, I am concerned that it doesn’t consistently comply with legislation when dealing with detainees in custody.

Overall, I commend Cheshire Constabulary for sustaining its positive performance over the past year. I am confident that it is well equipped for this to continue.


How effectively does the force reduce crime and keep people safe?

Last updated 27/09/2019

Cheshire Constabulary is good at preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.

The constabulary is good at investigating crime, and we have seen some improvements since our last inspection. These include a new investigations board and a cyber-crime investigations team.

Cheshire Constabulary is good at protecting vulnerable people, and it has a good grasp of the scale of vulnerability in its area. Since our last inspection, it also has a better understanding of how to support people with mental health issues. This is being achieved through the implementation of a new strategy, effective leadership and training for its staff.

The constabulary is good at tackling serious and organised crime.

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How efficiently does the force operate and how sustainable are its services to the public?

Last updated 27/09/2019

Cheshire Constabulary is good at meeting current demand.

The constabulary is good at planning for the future. It has done some positive work to understand and predict future demand. The constabulary has a regular police presence within its communities and responds to public feedback. It has plans to introduce 50 more frontline roles.

The constabulary remains committed to local policing. It is making several improvements, such as making it easier for people to access its services online.

It manages its finances well and has made significant savings. Its focus has been on non-pay and protecting workforce numbers. It now needs to develop its longer-term plans.

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How legitimately does the force treat the public and its workforce?

Last updated 27/09/2019

Cheshire Constabulary is good at treating the public fairly.

The constabulary promotes an ethical culture, and the workforce is aware of expected behaviours and values. It now has an ethics committee.

It has learnt from a high-profile case involving one of its officers. Its work has involved reassuring the public and raising the profile among staff of abuse of position and the importance of reporting ethical issues.

The constabulary generally manages corruption risks well, and it is good at assessing intelligence. Threat assessments are good but would benefit from being more localised.

The constabulary is good at treating its workforce fairly.

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Other inspections

How well has the force performed in our other inspections?

In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMICFRS carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections; others are joint inspections.

Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.

Other reports

Last updated 27/09/2019
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Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

906 square miles


1.07m people
up4% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.55 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
up2% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.06 per person
0.06 national level
up42% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


55p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

Points of context provided by the force

  • Cheshire covers a large and diverse geographic area consisting of rural expanses, heavy industry and thriving commercial centres.
  • As well as areas of great affluence, the county includes pockets of major deprivation, and is bordered by two of the largest cities in the region.

Police and crime plan priorities

A PCP sets out the police and crime commissioner’s (PCC’s) priorities for policing and the resources the PCC has allocated to the chief constable for achieving these priorities.