The Chair of Gloucestershire Police Federation has hit back at a critical report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Sarah Johnson said the hard work of colleagues in the force has not been recognised as the HMIC said the extent to which the constabulary is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime requires improvement.

And the extent to which the constabulary is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime also requires improvement.

“A lot of work is being implemented in Gloucestershire – and this report does not recognise that,” said Sarah.

“Our officers are working harder than ever with reduced numbers and demand being as high if not higher than it’s ever been.”

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.

HM Inspector Wendy Williams said:

“I am deeply concerned that the force does not have essential tools in place to help it understand the threat from serious and organised crime, or to provide an effective response to this type of offending. This is particularly troubling as I set out many of the shortcomings in detail last year and the force has made little progress on them.”

She added: “In view of these findings, I have been in regular contact with the chief constable. I do not underestimate the nature of the challenge, or the force’s commitment to providing a consistently good service to the people of Gloucestershire.”

In a small positive note, the HMIC did say he extent to which the constabulary is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The full report is here http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/peel-assessments/peel-2016/gloucestershire/