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Here we tell you how well your police force is performing when compared to similar forces around England and Wales. Your police force is Staffordshire Police.

HMI Drusilla Sharpling: Overall assessment

Staffordshire Police have received national recognition for the way the force tackles major drug dealers in its area, working in partnership to stop drug dealing and reduce the impact of drugs on those people who use them. The number of people killed or seriously injured on the substantial road network in the area is much lower than in peer forces.

The cost of policing in Staffordshire is low. It employs more police officers per head of population than its peer forces, though it has fewer police community support officers (PCSOs) and police staff.

The force faces the challenges of policing the major city of Stoke on Trent, alongside some large towns and rural areas. While some pockets of affluence exist in the county, there are significant areas of acute deprivation.

Staffordshire has lower rates of burglary and vehicle crime than its peers, and criminal damage and robbery is close to the peer average. Vehicle crime and criminal damage have reduced steadily over the last few years. The force has placed great emphasis on an approach to policing which aims to reduce bureaucracy, allowing officers to use professional judgement to meet the needs of victims of crime without always having to resort to police cautions or the criminal justice system.

Staffordshire Police's baseline for the single confidence target in September 2008 was 46.9%. The target it must reach by 2012 is 58.9% and current performance is 47.9%. The percentage of people perceiving high levels of anti-social behaviour is higher than in peer forces. In a recent assessment the force was graded as 'Fair' in delivering its Policing Pledge commitments.

There are areas for improvement. The public of Staffordshire are at a higher risk from violent crimes than in similar force areas, and fewer violent crimes are solved than in comparable forces, as is the case for burglary, robbery and vehicle crimes. The force has recognised the need to improve performance in these areas. The force has invested heavily in protecting people from the most serious types of crime and performs well in this area.

The force has placed great emphasis on local policing in neighbourhoods and levels of confidence amongst the public are high. Detailed action plans are in place to reduce violent crime and particular emphasis is being placed on engaging with young people.

HMIC's assessment of performance and prospect of improvement

HMIC inspects how forces perform in a range of activities and against a number of agreed standards. HMIC's assessment of performance for each of these activities is shown below.

HMIC also makes a professional assessment of whether the force's performance is likely to improve or decline in the future, for some indicators.



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Local crime and policing

  

Neighbourhood policing

meeting standardblank
  

Neighbourhood presence

fairblank
  

Reducing crime

fairstable
  

Solving crimes

poordeclining
  


Protection from serious harm

  

Investigating major crime

meeting standardblank
  

Reducing road death and injury

excellentimprovement
  

Solving serious sexual offences

fairstable
  

Suppressing gun crime

excellentimprovement
  

Suppressing knife crime

fairblank
  


Confidence and satisfaction

  

Comparative satisfaction of BME community

good/excellentimprovement
  

Meeting the Pledge Standards

fairblank
  

Perceptions of anti-social behaviour

fairstable
  

Public confidence: all agencies

fairstable
  

Public confidence: police

fairstable
  

Satisfaction with service delivery

goodimprovement
  


Value for money: staffing and costs

  

Cost of policing

low/mediumblank
  

Cost per household

medium/highblank
  

Number of police officers and PCSOs

medium/highblank
  

Proportion of policing cost met from council tax

low/mediumblank
  


The above grades were published on 13 March 2010. HMIC proposes to update these grades annually.