Gloucestershire Police Authority 'performs adequately'

Gloucestershire Police Authority is "performing adequately" according to an independent report.

The Audit Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said the performance of the county's policing had improved over the past two years.

But they said some areas such as workforce management could be more efficient.

They said the authority must ensure the county's police force got value for money in the "tough financial climate."

The joint inspection team said Gloucestershire Police Authority was "responsible for securing an efficient and effective police force for Gloucestershire and holding the chief constable to account".

On a scale from one to four the joint inspection team assessed the authority's performance as "two", which represents adequate performance.

Strengths highlighted in the report included the new chair of the authority, the new full-time chief executive and the new chief constable - all said to be "driving organisational change".

Inspectors also praised the authority for their work with young people which has lead to training officers on how they approach young people.

Areas for improvement

But they added there were areas for improvement and the authority "should tackle the need to improve staff systems and satisfaction within the constabulary".

They added that the authority needed to "learn from consultation with the public. This is currently patchy".

Melanie Watson from the Audit Commission, speaking for the joint inspection team, said: "The chair and members of the police authority, and the staff it employs, are highly capable.

"The authority has been influential in setting challenging targets for the constabulary to achieve.

"With a tough financial climate ahead, it is vital the constabulary achieves the best possible value for money, while continuing to provide the services local people need."

Rob Garnham, chairman of Gloucestershire's police authority said: "I was pleased with the report. It highlights that we're giving clear and effective leadership for the constabulary.

"Most importantly I think for the taxpayer, we've got thorough financial plans in place to restructure the constabulary but also to improve value for money. Our work there has been recognised and I'm pleased about that."

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