Cheshire Police have been celebrating their ‘excellent performance’ in the national PEEL inspections.

Chief constable Simon Bryne said the results show his constabulary is ‘one of the best performing in the country’.

Over the last 12 months Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary have assessed each police force in England and Wales.

Cheshire were rated ‘outstanding’ for efficiency, ‘good’ for legitimacy and ‘good’ for effectiveness.

Chief constable Byrne said: “This is fantastic news for us as a force and for the public of Cheshire and reflects the hard work and commitment of every officer and member of staff including the volunteers who support us on a daily basis.

Cheshire's Chief Constable Simon Byrne

“We are rightly proud of the service we deliver to the public here in Cheshire.

“In particular we have been highly praised for a number of key areas including a strong track record of achieving savings, being exceptionally well prepared to face our future financial challenges, understanding, engaging with and treating fairly the people we serve and being strongly committed to preventing crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The organisation has also been praised for being a ‘caring constabulary’ with a strong focus on vulnerable people.

An infographic showing Cheshire Police's performance in the PEEL inspections

Inspector Michael Cunningham said: “I would like to commend the force in its excellent performance in keeping people safe.

“I’m extremely pleased with the progress Cheshire Constabulary has made in 2016.”

HMIC also looked into leadership and said Cheshire was a ‘well led force and has a good understanding of the capacity and capability of its leadership at all levels’.

Police and crime commissioner John Dwyer said: “The result for our communities is Cheshire has a police force which delivers for victims, delivers in protecting the public, invests in its future and is in the best possible position to meet the challenges of today and those to come.

“The constabulary is making the county safer and more prosperous for its communities, and creating a hostile environment for criminals.

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer

“As a force we continue to address recommendations and areas for improvement as identified by the HMIC.

“I will be closely monitoring progress and holding the chief constable to account for addressing these areas where the constabulary must improve.”

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Chief constable Byrne said the results showed the force was delivering on a set of commitments to the public he launched 12 months ago.

He said: “The new policing structure is designed to meet these priorities and once again reinforces the fact we may be a relatively small force. but we are big on ideas and big on delivering our commitments to the public.

“The transition tested over the summer when the force faced an unprecedented number of high-profile incidents including a fatal explosion at a wood flour mill, a fatal plane crash during the Carfest motor show and a chemical incident on the motorway.

“The force was pushed to its limits, we rose to the challenge and I am extremely proud of how we dealt with a very difficult situation.”

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