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Chief Constable welcomes positive assessment of Isle of Man police 23 February 2007

A POSITIVE report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has been welcomed by Chief Constable Mike Culverhouse and Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle.

The Inspectorate visited the Isle of Man in October 2006 to compile the report which was laid before Tynwald this week.

Citizen focus, investigating crime and leadership and direction were all rated as ‘good’ while all other areas including crime reduction, promoting safety, providing assistance and use of resources were rated ‘fair’.

The report praises the Constabulary for developing neighbourhood policing and its work with local authorities. It highlights that foot patrols increased by 8.3% on the previous year and that its high visibility approach is deterring anti-social behaviour and providing community reassurance.

It states:

‘Notwithstanding the increase in recorded crime in 2005/06, it is worthy to note just how safe the Island remains with few serious crimes being committed. Within 43 forces in England and Wales, the average number of crimes annually per 1,000 head of population is 112.7. In the Isle of Man (based upon a population of 77,000) there are 56.5 crimes annually per 1,000 head of population. This represents excellent performance.
‘During the year the Constabulary achieved a detection rate of 43.2%. This represents a significant increase from that achieved in 2004/05 when the detection rate was 38.8% (average over the last three years of 35.6%). The average detection rate in England and Wales is 26%. Again this is excellent performance.’

Mr Culverhouse commented:

‘I’m proud of what has been achieved by the Isle of Man Constabulary, and that is reflected in this report. It’s due to the hard work and dedication of staff, both uniformed and support staff. We look forward to building on the achievements and will be working closely with the Department to ensure an action plan is devised to address those areas for improvement highlighted in the report.
‘Overall, I believe this puts the Force on a firm footing for the future and provides the Isle of Man community with the assurance that the Constabulary is operating to the highest standard.’

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle added:

‘This report gives a fair reflection of the Constabulary’s achievements and makes several constructive criticisms which we welcome. From the Department’s perspective, we will be ensuring that the major challenges for the future identified in the report will be reflected in next year’s and subsequent years’ policing plans, to deliver increased performance and to ensure continued high standards of community safety.’

A copy of the HMIC report can be found on the DHA website here

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