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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
Police forces' performance 2006-7
The Home Office has released annual assessments of police forces' performance in England and Wales.

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The Home Office assessed forces on seven different categories: tackling crime; resources and efficiency; serious crime and public protection; protecting vulnerable people; satisfaction and fairness; implementation of neighbourhood policing; local priorities.

Ministers argue that it is "erroneous" to compile a national league table from the statistics, which compare similar forces rather than all forces as a national group.

But the following points system - three points for an "excellent" rating, two for "good", one for "fair" and minus-one for "poor" - would allow a maximum score of 21 and form the unofficial league table below:

POLICE FORCE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS 2006/7

Police force Points Ranking
Lancashire 18 1
Surrey 18 1
Cumbria 16 3
Northumbria 16 3
Dyfed Powys 15 5
Hampshire 15 5
Hertfordshire 15 5
Leicestershire 15 5
Suffolk 15 5
West Mercia 15 5
Norfolk 14 11
South Yorkshire 14 11
West Yorkshire 14 11
Metropolitan 13 14
North Yorkshire 13 14
Staffordshire 13 14
West Midlands 13 14
City of London 12 18
Dorset 12 18
Merseyside 12 18
North Wales 12 18
Sussex 12 18
Essex 11 23
Gloucestershire 11 23
Kent 11 23
Avon and Somerset 10 26
Cambridgeshire 10 26
Cheshire 10 26
Cleveland 10 26
Durham 10 26
Nottinghamshire 10 26
Warwickshire 10 26
Devon and Cornwall 9 33
Derbyshire 8 34
Gwent 8 34
South Wales 8 34
Wiltshire 8 34
Greater Manchester 7 38
Humberside 7 38
Lincolnshire 7 38
Northamptonshire 7 38
Thames Valley 7 38
Bedfordshire 1 43




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