Humberside Police officers are turning up at vital incidents late or without the necessary resources, a new report has claimed.
Inspectors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary rated the force as ‘requires improvement’ in terms of efficiency in a report published on November 3.
A previous report in 2015 had ranked the force as inadequate, the lowest possible rating.
Particular concern was raised by inspectors about how the force manages its resources and responds to calls from the public.
HM inspector Michael Cunningham said: “The rostered number of officers is below the minimum identified as necessary to meet uniform and detective responsibilities.
On occasions priority incidents are attended late or unallocated, meaning services to the public are not consistently meeting the standards set by the force.
The report did outline improvements the force has made in terms of call handling, recruitment and training, partnership working, and community policing.
Chief Constable of Humberside Police Justine Curran said: “Modern policing is very a tough job, done by extraordinary individuals, often in difficult circumstances.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the men and women of the force, who are making a real difference to the communities we serve, every single day.
“I meet with officers and support staff every day, who joined this force to make a difference to the people of Humberside – that is what we do and it’s what we’ll continue to do, regardless of inspections and reports. It’s why we join the police.”