Inspectors praise Avon and Somerset Constabulary

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 October 2015

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A POLICE force has met the demands for its services despite ‘severe financial challenges’ according to a new report.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has carried out an inspection into police forces across the country to see how efficient they are.

It published its report this week and said Avon and Somerset Constabulary is ‘good’ at keeping people safe and reducing crime in an efficient way.

It also said the force has successfully reduced spending and understands how to plan for its future, even with the prospect of more spending cuts ahead.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has carried out a spending review in a bid to make £45.89million in savings between April 2011 and April 2015.

Inspectors said the constabulary was ‘outstanding’ when it came to its ability to use its resources to meet demand.

It said: “The constabulary successfully reduced spending over the last spending review period through robust financial management and a commitment to continuous improvement.

“The constabulary has a comprehensive understanding of the demands for its services and is planning effectively for future financial challenges.”

Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said he was pleased with the report’s findings.

He said: “Change on such a major scale is never easy and I am proud of what has been achieved in very testing circumstances.

“There are more challenges ahead in the years to come as austerity continues and the budget provided to policing reduces further.”

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