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Humberside 2018/19

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This is HMICFRS’s fifth PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Humberside Police. 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.

Humberside Police was inspected in tranche one 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 – Humberside Police

Phil Gormley, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary


HMI's observations

I am pleased with Humberside Police’s performance in keeping people safe and reducing crime. In particular, I note the improvements the force has made since 2017 in its efficiency and effectiveness.

Since our last inspection the force has improved how it investigates crimes. It has also developed better ways to make sure it identifies and protects vulnerable people.

The force has improved some of its crime-recording processes, but has more work to do.

The force understands the demand for its services much better than it did previously. It has used this information to develop strong financial and workforce plans for the future. This includes significantly increasing its number of police officers.

I am pleased to see that the force consults widely with its communities to better understand their concerns. Senior leaders support the workforce. They encourage a culture of continuous learning and ethical behaviour.

Overall, I commend Humberside Police for the progress it has made over the past year. This gives a good foundation for continuing improvement in the year ahead.


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

Last updated 02/05/2019

Humberside Police is good at preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.

The force is good at investigating crime. It has improved at this. The force has a shortage of trained detectives, but it has a plan to deal with this shortage. It has improved the way it manages wanted criminals. The force uses legislation to protect vulnerable victims. It works closely with immigration officials to manage foreign national offenders.

Humberside Police is good at protecting vulnerable people. It has got better at managing vulnerability and is keen to improve further. The force collects data on vulnerability and analyses this daily. In the past it has not responded quickly enough to vulnerable victims. It has made changes so it can better meet demand.

Humberside Police 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 02/05/2019

Humberside Police is good at meeting current demands and using resources.

The force understands the demands placed on it at present. It makes changes as demand changes. The force works with other organisations to meet demand. It is working to improve its understanding of the benefits it gains from change programmes.

Humberside Police is good at planning for the future. It knows what the public expects from it. The force has a good workforce plan that shows what skills it will need in future. It has plans to get the skills that it needs. The force now has a better understanding of its finances than previously.

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

Last updated 02/05/2019

Humberside Police is good at treating the public fairly.

The force communicates well with the public. We were pleased that it has improved the way it records and understands use of force. It has improved how it uses stop and search. But it could monitor both of these better.

The force has a good culture of ethical and lawful workforce behaviour. Leaders make sure the workforce know the force’s values. The force now has an ethics committee. It should tell the workforce how to use the committee to discuss ethical dilemmas. Humberside Police knows the corruption risks it faces and has plans to deal with them.

Humberside Police is good at treating its workforce fairly.

View the three questions for legitimacy

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.

Key facts – 2019/20

Force Area

1,357 square miles


0.934m people
up2% local 10 yr change


92% frontline police officers
92% national level
3.67 per 1000 population
3.69 national level
down11% 10yr change in local workforce
down5% 10yr national change

Victim-based crimes

0.07 per person
0.06 national level
up8% Local 5 year trend
up9% National 5 year trend


58p per person per day local
59p per person per day national

Points of context provided by the force

  • The Force covers four local authorities (both urban and rural), has a large port infrastructure and an international tourist, transport and trade network.
  • Among the population of 918,000, there are high levels of deprivation in urban areas and historically high levels of crime in comparison to peers.

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.