SYP praised by police watchdog for innovative practice

Date published: 17 July 2023 07:26
Dated: 17 July 2023 08:25:11

SYP has received glowing praise from the police watchdog for our innovative work in a number of areas to provide the best possible service to our local communities.

The force was highlighted for exemplary practice in some eight areas in a HMICFRS (His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services) report which brought together findings from assessments of all 43 police forces nationwide.

These areas include our use of technology to design a new neighbourhood performance framework, which is used by local teams to gain a greater insight into our demand and inform how we allocate our resources to tackle key community priorities.

Also in the spotlight was our collaborative work with partners to help reduce reoffending and ensure individuals in crisis are given to the right support and access. Based on the success of this partnership approach, it is now fully adapted in our custody suites and we have shared our way of working with other forces.

Other areas where we were recognised included our practices around auditing investigations and the work done by our Investigation Improvement Unit (IIU) to drive changes in policy. This has helped us make sure the right team is investigating your crime reports and supports our staff by constantly developing their skills to provide the best services possible.

The internal work we have done to develop a domestic abuse handbook was singled out for the positive impact this has had on improving outcomes for victims. This handbook was created in conjunction with domestic abuse services and provides practical guidance on what a good investigation looks like.

We also received recognition for our practice around wellbeing provision for officers and staff. As a force we have been assessed as having a good understanding of wellbeing across all teams and departments and for taking action when required to ensure members of the public are getting the very best from us.

Our collaboration with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue at the Lifewise Centre was similarly highlighted as a positive example of how we are working with our partners to provide crime prevention advice and create opportunities for interactive learning experiences.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Forber said: “It is wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of all our officers and staff recognised and praised in this national report.

“Across the force, work is being done to identify how we can utilise investments in technology and work in innovative ways to improve our processes, protect vulnerable people and ensure we are providing the best possible services to the communities we serve.

“This report highlights the positive impact this work is having and I’m extremely proud and pleased this has been recognised across a number of different areas.”

You can read a full copy of this report here- Police performance: Getting a grip – PEEL spotlight report (justiceinspectorates.gov.uk)

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