Magazine article Public Finance

Police Watchdog to Put More Forces' Information Online

Magazine article Public Finance

Police Watchdog to Put More Forces' Information Online

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The police regulator is to publish more data in an easily understood format online, in an effort to make its assessments more relevant to ordinary people.

The Inspectorate of Constabulary will launch MyPolice.org.uk on March 13. It will offer searchable and detailed assessments on value for money and performance for forces across England and Wales. The site's approach resembles that of the Audit Commission's Oneplace website, which started last December.

The inspectorate also published its first national performance tables on March 11. These grade constabularies on a four-point scale from 'poor' to 'excellent' in three broad areas: local policing; protection from serious harm; and community confidence.

Chief inspector Denis O'Connor said a set of value-for-money profiles, due on March 18, would amount to 'a blitz on where the money is going and what decisions are being made'.

He said: 'We're not going to go back to having more central targets, but we want the citizen not to be disadvantaged because they don't have decent information.'

O'Connor said there was substantial variation across forces in how much was being spent on management, community policing, intelligence and control rooms. …

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