North Yorkshire Police taken to task in HMIC report

Julia Mulligan: Improvements on the way

Julia Mulligan: Improvements on the way

First published in News

A WATCHDOG has criticised North Yorkshire Police for wrongly deploying officers to incidents, and using their own mobile phones to take photos of crime scenes.

The report, by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), also said there was “a lack of ‘real-time intelligence’ to support some aspects of prevention activity,” and at the time of the inspection there was a backlog of intelligence reports.

The report – which made a series of recommendations for all 43 UK forces – also said: “HMIC found evidence during reality testing that some resources were being deployed to incidents which were not appropriate, such as; PCSOs being deployed to violent incidents; or, Roads Policing Units being deployed to low-level incidents, making them unavailable for their core role, and; multiple resources deployed to same incident, which is inefficient.

“The inspection team identified that the force does not consistently identify vulnerable and repeat victims. The force needs to ensure that the necessary checks are in place so that all potential vulnerability factors, such as disability or race, are identified.”

The report also criticised the lack of a database of crime-prevention activities carried out by officers, which meant the force “cannot effectively evaluate work or share good practice easily”, and said HMIC was “concerned that officers reported that they are using their own mobile phone devices for photographing exhibits, crime scenes and victim injuries,” which “presents risks to the organisation around data integrity and security”.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said the report recognised good work being done by the force, but made it clear there were areas which needed improvement.

He said: “We recognise this, and the work we have been doing towards the new Operational Policing Model (OPM) has already identified ways in which we can improve on some of the points made in the report, Iincluding providing officers with better technology so they can access force systems while out on patrol and how we can distribute our resources more effectively, so officers can spend more time out on the streets, where the public want to see them.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said improvements were already under way within the force, but said the changes had been tailored specially for North Yorkshire, and she did not agree with all HMIC’s suggestions.

She said: “Some of the national recommendations are less helpful in my opinion, and are restricting local police forces from meeting the needs of their specific communities.

“North Yorkshire Police quite rightly have different priorities to the Metropolitan Police for instance, and it is right that is reflected locally.

“Urging police forces to always adopt ‘best practice’ might sound good, but I am not convinced it is best for residents of and visitors to North Yorkshire.”

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12:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

bolero says...

As a York resident may I assure Julia Mulligan that I along with every other resident; I should imagine; would expect North Yorkshire police to always adopt `best practice` and nothing less when administering law and order and in protecting us against crime. Where is she coming from and if this is her idea of policing then it's time she resigned.
As a York resident may I assure Julia Mulligan that I along with every other resident; I should imagine; would expect North Yorkshire police to always adopt `best practice` and nothing less when administering law and order and in protecting us against crime. Where is she coming from and if this is her idea of policing then it's time she resigned. bolero
  • Score: 26

1:12pm Fri 5 Sep 14

The Great Buda says...

bolero wrote:
As a York resident may I assure Julia Mulligan that I along with every other resident; I should imagine; would expect North Yorkshire police to always adopt `best practice` and nothing less when administering law and order and in protecting us against crime. Where is she coming from and if this is her idea of policing then it's time she resigned.
Here here.
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: As a York resident may I assure Julia Mulligan that I along with every other resident; I should imagine; would expect North Yorkshire police to always adopt `best practice` and nothing less when administering law and order and in protecting us against crime. Where is she coming from and if this is her idea of policing then it's time she resigned.[/p][/quote]Here here. The Great Buda
  • Score: 6

2:41pm Fri 5 Sep 14

York1234 says...

Come on give her a chance, what can you do when you work 5 days a month and get 80K to do it.
Come on give her a chance, what can you do when you work 5 days a month and get 80K to do it. York1234
  • Score: 17

2:58pm Fri 5 Sep 14

car/bike,globelwarmingbull says...

shes more bothered about speed camera vans ,
shes more bothered about speed camera vans , car/bike,globelwarmingbull
  • Score: 13

3:41pm Fri 5 Sep 14

ian923 says...

You really don,t need Models to adopt proper policing. You need the right training and the right motivation and support of Senior Officers but this is apparently lacking . Most are scared stiff of criticism as it might affect their careers . The Police Staff College instilled academia into senior officers rather than ensure they have operational experience which is more likely to command respect. The "troops"are not to blame here and it sounds like many of them have used their own initiative for the benefit of the job. They should have been commended for that by the nit picking academic Inspectors of Constabulary many of which could not perform an operational role if they tried.
You really don,t need Models to adopt proper policing. You need the right training and the right motivation and support of Senior Officers but this is apparently lacking . Most are scared stiff of criticism as it might affect their careers . The Police Staff College instilled academia into senior officers rather than ensure they have operational experience which is more likely to command respect. The "troops"are not to blame here and it sounds like many of them have used their own initiative for the benefit of the job. They should have been commended for that by the nit picking academic Inspectors of Constabulary many of which could not perform an operational role if they tried. ian923
  • Score: 11

3:48pm Fri 5 Sep 14

ian923 says...

Strange isn't,t it that when NYP are criticised Mulligan always says remedies are already in hand when clearly they were not. She is there to hold the Chief Constable to account and he knows more about policing than she ever will. She is NOT there to involve herself in operational matters which the HMIC highlighted.
Strange isn't,t it that when NYP are criticised Mulligan always says remedies are already in hand when clearly they were not. She is there to hold the Chief Constable to account and he knows more about policing than she ever will. She is NOT there to involve herself in operational matters which the HMIC highlighted. ian923
  • Score: 16

9:53pm Fri 5 Sep 14

spottycow says...

Having voted for Mulligan i now think she is taking the P - S S and is not worth a penny of her salary we pay here. Also i am fed up with Tim the A C coming up with aload of BULL SH-T RE WE ARE TAKING ON BOARD WHAT H M I C ARE TELLING US .== KEYSTONE COPS COME TO MIND .GOOD COPPERS ARE BEING LET DOWN BY IDIOTS IN CHARGE .
Having voted for Mulligan i now think she is taking the P - S S and is not worth a penny of her salary we pay here. Also i am fed up with Tim the A C coming up with aload of BULL SH-T RE WE ARE TAKING ON BOARD WHAT H M I C ARE TELLING US .== KEYSTONE COPS COME TO MIND .GOOD COPPERS ARE BEING LET DOWN BY IDIOTS IN CHARGE . spottycow
  • Score: -78

4:07pm Sat 6 Sep 14

alanyork says...

York1234 wrote:
Come on give her a chance, what can you do when you work 5 days a month and get 80K to do it.
Hells Bells i hope she isn't on that kind of pay for part-time hours
[quote][p][bold]York1234[/bold] wrote: Come on give her a chance, what can you do when you work 5 days a month and get 80K to do it.[/p][/quote]Hells Bells i hope she isn't on that kind of pay for part-time hours alanyork
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4:10pm Sat 6 Sep 14

alanyork says...

spottycow wrote:
Having voted for Mulligan i now think she is taking the P - S S and is not worth a penny of her salary we pay here. Also i am fed up with Tim the A C coming up with aload of BULL SH-T RE WE ARE TAKING ON BOARD WHAT H M I C ARE TELLING US .== KEYSTONE COPS COME TO MIND .GOOD COPPERS ARE BEING LET DOWN BY IDIOTS IN CHARGE .
You are right Mulligan+Madge what a crack team ! !
[quote][p][bold]spottycow[/bold] wrote: Having voted for Mulligan i now think she is taking the P - S S and is not worth a penny of her salary we pay here. Also i am fed up with Tim the A C coming up with aload of BULL SH-T RE WE ARE TAKING ON BOARD WHAT H M I C ARE TELLING US .== KEYSTONE COPS COME TO MIND .GOOD COPPERS ARE BEING LET DOWN BY IDIOTS IN CHARGE .[/p][/quote]You are right Mulligan+Madge what a crack team ! ! alanyork
  • Score: 0
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