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West Yorkshire PEEL 2018


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

Last updated 20/01/2020

West Yorkshire Police is efficient in the way it operates, and its services are sustainable.

The force excels in planning for the future. It links plans and priorities to data and information to understand demand and risk. Its holistic approach makes it a proactive and forward-thinking organisation – everywhere from workforce and resource planning to financial management and succession planning.

In 2017 we judged West Yorkshire Police as good at meeting current demands and using resources.

Questions for Efficiency


How well does the force plan for the future?


West Yorkshire Police is outstanding when it comes to planning for the future.

The force has always been good at modelling future demand. Using the FMS this year has made it better.

The force has built the FMS into its planning framework. It also uses assessments, analytical models and analysis to inform decisions about resourcing, workforce planning and finance.

West Yorkshire Police understands public expectations and uses them to help predict demand and prioritise activity. Its plans are also linked to priorities in the police and crime plan, police and crime commissioner (PCC) pledges and precept commitments.

Workforce planning is linked to the demand the force believes it will face and the skills it will need, as well as its continuing change programmes.

Finance plans are based on realistic assumptions about available budget. The force has invested in early intervention in the hope of reducing demand, as well as its training and digital plans. Earmarked reserves are being invested to improve service.

Its deficit is worse than previously forecast due to changes in national funding. However, it has identified savings to balance the budget by 2021. The force has a good reserves position.

The force is good at leadership and workforce development. It has a formal succession plan for senior team leaders. It offers several career pathways and participates in schemes to bring external talent to the force.

West Yorkshire Police is doing well on diversity and simply needs to continue its efforts.

It is an ambitious force that welcomes innovation. Work has started on artificial intelligence, looking at how it could support transactional HR enquiries with a tool called TOBI.

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