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HMIC praises West Yorkshire Police’s mental health support

West Yorkshire Police has been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) for its “commitment to workforce wellbeing”, particularly in improving mental health support.

As part of its annual PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of the force, the police watchdog rated West Yorkshire as “good” in respect of the legitimacy with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said the force had “performed well” in all of the areas he looked at for the inspection.

“I am encouraged to see that since HMIC’s last inspection in 2015, the force has undertaken a staff survey, which showed improvements in workforce perceptions in a number of areas,” he said.

“The force should be commended for its commitment to workforce wellbeing, in particular improving mental health support for staff.”

He said the force also “works well” to seek feedback and challenge from the people it serves, including those who have less trust and confidence in the police.

The overall PEEL assessment judges forces on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy, giving grades of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

Date posted: March 1, 2017

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