Gloucestershire police unable to fight serious and organised crime properly
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary issued three reports on the constabulary last year.
Wendy Williams, HMIC's investigator, says she is satisfied with some aspects of the force's overall performance but there are still areas of "serious concern" and things need to improve.
"The force needs to improve its approach to preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, its investigative standards, and the protection it provides to vulnerable people" she said.
"It lacks fundamental arrangements for tackling serious and organised crime and this must be addressed urgently.
It lacks fundamental arrangements for tackling serious and organised crime and this must be addressed urgently
"Although some improvements have been made in response to previous recommendations by HMIC, progress in other areas has been slow, and some aspects of the force's position has declined."
Miss Williams recognised the neighbourhood teams communicate well with local people but being reassigned to cover other duties affects their ability to carry out preventative work in communities.
Chief Constable Rod Hansen says he is pleased the report highlights the success they had in managing resources and demand as well as its financial planning and confirmed since the publishing of the reports in 2016 there have been many changes.
"We place a lot of importance on the service we give to the people of Gloucestershire and that starts with ensuring our officers and staff understand the values and the behaviours expected of them, something which HMIC says we are also particularly good at" he said.
Miss Williams said there are still areas of "serious concern" and things need to improve
"HMIC said in the next year it wants to see how the force is progressing in our approach to tackling serious and organised crime."
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Ch Con Hansen said: ”We will happily share some recent successes, including Operation Emperor, which has so far seen 43 people convicted for dealing drugs in our county, serving a total of 100 years in prison.”
He did not say that this works out on average just over two years behind bars each before time off for good behaviour.
"A further 9 people are in the judicial system, awaiting their day in court. As part of the operation we also recovered a significant amount of cash and a firearm and there are still 17 investigations ongoing into organised crime groups,” he added.
The reports rated the constabulary as requiring improvement in keeping people safe and reducing crim
Hitting back at the report, Sarah Johnson, the chairman of Gloucestershire Police Federation, which represents the body's officers says the hard work of colleagues in the force has not been recognised.
"A lot of work is being implemented in Gloucestershire. Our officers are working harder than ever with reduced numbers and demand being as high if not higher than it's ever been" she said.
"Police numbers in Gloucestershire are falling at their fastest rate in seven years, with hundreds of officers lost since 2009 and Gloucestershire Police funding from Government is also falling."
The reports rated the constabulary as requiring improvement in keeping people safe and reducing crime, requiring improvement in the legitimately carrying out its role but rated it as good for its efficiency.