Grimsby MP Melanie Onn warns Humberside Police must make more progress

THE MP for Grimsby has warned Humberside Police it needs to make more progress, despite being graded as "good" following a recent inspection.

12 FEBRUARY 2016 | BY GRIMSBY TELEGRAPH FOR GRIMSBY TELEGRAPH



Humberside Police officers patrolling a shopping precinct

VOICING CONCERN: Labour MP Melanie Onn, inset, says there were still many concerns the residents of Grimsby have about the police force.

Most officers and staff that we spoke to understood the relationship between doing a good job, effective engagement and confidence in the police.

The force has in place an effective way to monitor issues that arise locally and to identify emerging force-wide trends.

However, it was found that the force is not compliant with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme. Also, it has more to do to ensure there is sufficient oversight of Taser use.

Labour MP Melanie Onn said that, while she welcomes the news, there were still many concerns the residents of Grimsby have about the force.

“It is welcome news this report has found that overall, Humberside Police are operating in a legitimate way, and dealing with complaints and investigations fairly,” she said.

“But that is only part of what is expected from the police. There still needs to be a lot of progress made on the issues which people think should be priorities.

“The assessments of the force at the end of last year found that it is inadequately organised, is not allocating resources to the areas of greatest need, and has to improve on protecting vulnerable people from crime and protecting victims.

“Yesterday’s report also found that our police are too over-stretched to engage with the public and deal with local concerns. This is concerning, as the police need to be in touch with the issues being faced by local people so they can respond quickly to them.”

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire Police was also rated as “good”.

Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire, Heather Roach said the report focuses on three main areas which contribute to the force’s legitimacy and HMIC considered the force ‘good’ in two of them but requiring improvement in the third.

“The report notes that we have made significant efforts to create and maintain an ethical culture and that we have good processes in place,” said DCC Roach.

“It recognises that we encourage people to challenge issues and that the senior management team actively promote the shared values of the organisation. Their conclusions are backed up by the inspection team’s interactions with officers and staff where they also found a good awareness of the national Code of Ethics and that it is incorporated into our values, policies and practices.”

The force also received a ‘good’ grading for understanding, engaging and treating fairly the people it serves to maintain and improve its legitimacy.

Although the force was rated overall as ‘good’ at keeping people safe and reducing crime, HMIC found that Lincolnshire Police still needed to improve their performance in the recording of the use of Taser and ‘stop and search’.

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