Mayor of West Yorkshire welcomes HMICFRS PEEL Assessment Report, with West Yorkshire Police receiving Outstanding rating in four areas

The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, have welcomed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue (HMICFRS) PEEL Assessment report with West Yorkshire Police receiving an OUTSTANDING rating in four key areas.

Tracy said: “I am really pleased to see that the hard work of West Yorkshire Police officers and staff has been further recognised with this latest independent PEEL assessment report that highlights the key work in disrupting serious organised crime and treating the public with fairness and respect.

“I will be passing on the message of thanks to the Chief Constable John Robins and discussing with him the further partnership work being done in the areas highlighted as Good and Adequate in the report. These include protecting vulnerable people, which forms a key part of my draft Police and Crime Plan, and managing offenders and suspects.

“Two areas were rated Adequate including investigating crime and providing a service to victims of crime. We will work with the Chief Constable to understand what more can be done to support those affected by crime and those investigating it.

“Overall it is a really positive report and is testament to officers and staff at West Yorkshire Police working in really challenging circumstances, I thank each and every one of them.”

Alison added: “This is a welcome report and the Mayor and I are delighted at the progress West Yorkshire Police has made, especially in areas of significant progress such as investigating crime which was rated as Requires Improvement during the last PEEL inspection 2019, and is now rated as Adequate.

“We want to keep people safe and tackle criminality in all its forms and are both reassured by the positive aspects of this report. Working with victims and witnesses is central to the Mayor’s new Police and Crime Plan. Supporting them and putting them at the heart of the criminal justice process, working alongside all our partners including West Yorkshire Police.

“Areas of concern highlighted then are being addressed as this report shows. Along with the Mayor, we are not complacent despite the positive areas of the report. We will work with the Chief Constable to continue this journey of improvement to make policing as good as it can be for the people of West Yorkshire.”