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Police forces' success compared
A comparison of police forces in England and Wales ranks them according to performance in key areas.

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The Home Office assessed forces on reducing crime, investigating crime, promoting safety, providing assistance, citizen focus, resource use and local policing.

The results were turned into a league table, by awarding the forces points according to whether they were rated excellent, good, fair or poor in each area. The Home Office does not produce such a league table itself.

POLICE PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS 2005/06
FORCE POINTS RANK
Staffordshire 18 1
Northumbria 17 2
City of London 14 =3
Dorset 14 =3
Dyfed-Powys 14 =3
Hertfordshire 14 =3
Lancashire 14 =3
Leicestershire 14 =3
North Wales 14 =3
Surrey 14 =3
West Yorkshire 14 =3
Durham 13 =12
North Yorkshire 13 =12
Thames Valley 13 =12
West Mercia 13 =12
Avon and Somerset 12 =16
Essex 12 =16
Hampshire 12 =16
Merseyside 12 =16
Metropolitan Police 12 =16
South Yorkshire 12 =16
Sussex 12 =16
West Midlands 12 =16
Cumbria 11 =24
Devon and Cornwall 11 =24
Kent 11 =24
Cambridgeshire 10 =27
Derbyshire 10 =27
Gloucestershire 10 =27
South Wales 10 =27
Suffolk 10 =27
Wiltshire 10 =27
Greater Manchester 9 =33
Gwent 9 =33
Norfolk 9 =33
Cheshire 8 36
Bedfordshire 7 =37
Cleveland 7 =37
Warwickshire 7 =37
Lincolnshire 5 40
Nottinghamshire 4 41
Humberside 3 =42
Northamptonshire 3 =42
Source: Press Association, based on Home Office figures




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