Posted on 10th December 2014
A report assessing funding arrangements for counter-terrorism and special branch policing in the East Midlands has been welcomed by the regional Head of Counter-terrorism and Special Branch.
The Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary report was commissioned by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles on behalf of all five East Midlands PCCs.
The HMIC looked in particular at the way in which the East Midlands amalgamated grant funding intended for the constituent forces to provide a regional counter-terrorism service.
The inspectors found that: “The collaborative working model at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit SB, together with the current funding arrangements, means that, on a daily basis, the most appropriate resources are used to counter the identified risk. Neither force nor financial boundaries inhibit the regional deployment of resources.”
Detective Superintendent Gerard Milano, who is the regional Head of Counter-terrorism and Special Branch at EMSOU, paid tribute to the “hard work, dedication and flexibility” of officers after today's report.
Det Supt Milano said: “I am very happy with the report and have been speaking with the CT Network to ensure that they better understand and engage with the funding process going forward in order to maximise the benefits to service delivery in the East Midlands.
“This very positive report was achieved on the back of plenty of evidence that was picked up by HMIC during the inspection process which demonstrated the hard work, dedication and continued flexibility of EMSOU SB staff across the region, for which I am grateful.”
The inspectors' report added: “By adopting the single counter-terrorism grant the EMSOU SB is more agile and has increased its capacity to respond to the threat from terrorism.
“It is clear that amalgamating separate budgets into one is helping managers to identify and deploy resources quickly.”
The only area of criticism was how consistently information about threats to the East Midlands was shared with each of the PCCs, with a recommendation to address this issue within three months.
Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “Scrutiny of our funding arrangements and structures helps inform the way in which we develop our regional policing collaboration. In this instance, the HMIC have very much endorsed the systems we have adopted to the point of recommending that they are replicated nationally.
“I hope that the report will provide reassurance that we have set up our units in a way that not only provides value for money but will ultimately make a significant contribution to the on-going safety of our communities, particularly at a time when the threat levels to the country are the highest they have been for many years.”
The full report and its findings can be viewed by clicking here.