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We're good - it's official!

North Yorkshire Police has received two "good" ratings from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

In a report issued on 6 December 2016, the results of an inspection into our legitimacy were published giving us a “good” rating.

Assistant Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: “The ‘good’ rating in the HMIC PEEL legitimacy report reflects the professionalism within North Yorkshire Police and the high level of service we provide to our communities.

“It is very pleasing the report confirms that we treat the people we serve with fairness and respect, and that our officers and staff behave ethically and lawfully.

“This demonstrates how we have carefully instilled the Code of Ethics, as well as our efforts to actively take on board feedback from the public with the aim to continuously improve the way we operate.

“Importantly, we have also been recognised for treating our officers and staff with fairness and respect. This includes the way we have focussed on increasing their wellbeing by commissioning an independent survey, and responding to the findings to enhance colleagues’ work-home life balance. This is to ensure individuals have the physical and psychological ability to carry out activities both at work and at home.

“Overall, we are very satisfied with the report, and it shows that North Yorkshire Police is a successful organisation with the ambition and dedication to keep improving.”

In a report issued in November 2016, the results of a inspection into our efficiency were published and we were also rated as “good”.

Commenting on the report, Acting Deputy Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, said:“Providing an efficient and effective policing service for our communities is a crucial factor in keeping local people safe from harm and maintaining a high standard of living.

“The efficient use of resources allows North Yorkshire Police to give each and every person who requires our support a tailored, caring and victim-led service, often under the most difficult and distressing circumstances.

“It is therefore very pleasing that our efforts to continually improve have been recognised in the latest HMIC PEEL efficiency report, which has rated North Yorkshire Police as a ‘GOOD’ force which uses its resources well to keep people safe and to tackle crime.

“This is particularly so in the way we understand and manage a variety of demands using our now well-embedded ‘THRIVE’ model, based on assessing threat, harm, risk, investigation, vulnerability and engagement for every call for service.

“HMIC once again highlights North Yorkshire Police’s track record in delivering savings while investing smartly to protect local neighbourhood policing teams and enhance front-line services across the area.

“This includes key investments in setting up a Cybercrime Unit and mobile ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology to aid specialist teams, such as the Road Crime Team and the Rural Taskforce, to actively target cross-border and travelling criminals.

“The ‘Evolve’ collaboration project with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary has also been noted in the report, which has seen the development a shared Dog Support Unit between the three forces and, just this week, the launch of a joint Major Investigation Team with Cleveland Police.

“Opportunities to collaborate with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are also being explored by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the force, with the aim to achieve further efficiencies in the use of buildings and back-office services.

“Overall, the HMIC report shows that North Yorkshire Police is delivering a high quality and efficient service for the people we are proud to serve.

“We are determined to keep improving with a clear focus on a sustainable and successful future.

“There will be no let-up in protecting North Yorkshire’s position as one of the very safest areas in the country.”