WEST MIDLANDS Police have been challenged to get out of special measures in just four months.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, wants the force to implement improvements to ensure it is removed from enhanced monitoring status.
He has given the force’s Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, until March 31 to have West Midlands Police removed from ‘engage status’ – where it is subjected to closer monitoring and additional support.
The deadline comes a week after His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) told the force it was failing, in a number of key areas of concern.
The inspectorate said the force was not ‘effectively managing the risk posed to the public by registered sex offenders’ and offenders accessing indecent images of children.
HMICFRS said it was assured West Midlands Police is taking steps to address these concerns, but significant and sustained improvements are required and the inspectorate will be closely monitoring the force’s progress.
Mr Foster said: ““Since West Midlands Police was effectively placed into special measures, I have met with the Chief Constable to discuss the issue.
“Both the Chief and I don’t agree with the decision of HMIC to place the Force in engage, but further improvements are necessary.
“I am confident this turnaround can be achieved, because action has already been taken and is continuing to be taken by West Midlands Police, to resolve each of area of concern as a matter urgency.”