The independent inspectorate of policing has commended police officers, staff and volunteers for their “exceptional dedication and commitment” to keeping people safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Services (HMICFRS) says the police service responded with “dedication and commitment” to the challenge of policing the pandemic.
Inspectors said “policing demonstrated its capacity for responding in an emergency.”
And took “immediate and decisive” action to respond to the extreme circumstances of the pandemic.
They found that the fast-paced introduction and subsequent changes to new legislation affected some forces’ ability to produce timely and clear guidance for police officers and staff which created difficulties for officers on the frontline.
The inspectorate acknowledged the criticism some forces faced for their interpretation of lockdown restrictions and stated they were “assured that police forces had learnt from these instances” and in general “did well” to maintain public trust.
Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: ‘It’s good to see my hard working colleagues get the recognition of good work and practice during the pandemic.
“It has been significantly challenging over the past year, but my colleagues have managed to do what they do best, rising to the challenge and keeping the public safe.
“It makes me proud when I read the HMICFRS report and how it specifically mentions West Yorkshire Police and the innovation used around safeguarding techniques, striving to provide a better service for the benefit of us all in these difficult times.”
HM Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr commented: “Overall, the police rose to the challenge with dedication and commitment by taking immediate and decisive action to keep people safe and prevent crime, while also learning lessons from the rare occasions that they got it wrong.”
The HMICFRS report is based on an inspection of policing between March and November 2020.
Date posted: May 8, 2021