Commissioner’s Annual Report illustrates positive progress

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Keith Hunter has presented his Annual Report for 2019-20 to the Humberside Police and Crime Panel this week.

Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report
Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report.

The report is an in-depth look at the work of the PCC and his office (OPCC) and takes in the year up to and including March 2020 which marked the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. One highlight is the recruitment of additional police officers which has now moved Humberside Police to a total of around 2000 officers for the first time in ten years.

Keith Hunter said: “The story this report presents is a really positive one of continuing progress, improvement and delivery from the OPCC, Humberside Police and the other services we commission and support in our efforts to deliver safer communities and support victims.

“It is worth again just reflecting where we were in 2016 when I was voted into office. Humberside Police had sufficient funding for about 1550 officers but had actually only 1420, down from a height of over 2200. It had been graded as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the independent inspectorate repeatedly, officer morale was the lowest in the country, neighbourhood policing had been decimated, people could not get through on the 101 call system, partnership working had been largely ignored and communities had no voice, and the result was the confidence of communities in the force had been massively undermined and crime was on the way up. That was only four years ago.

“Now, thanks to the intensive recruitment programme using the funds I made available to the Chief Constable, the force had around 1950 officers at the time this report is based on. More officers are currently being recruited as part of the national uplift programme which has taken our total back over the 2000 mark.

“Humberside Police is seen as the most improved in the country, with well-embedded neighbourhood teams working to priorities identified by the people in those communities, with OPCC Engagement Officers ensuring the community voice features in community safety decisions, a ‘best in class’ call-handling capability and every indicator shows the confidence of the public in the force is growing, but now is not the time for complacency and during the past year my mind has been on how we move to the next level, to become recognised as being outstanding. Merely having that realistic ambition for the force is illustrative of the scale of the change we have seen in Humberside Police.”

The report can be read here: PCC Annual Report

[David Hudson]