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Northumbria and Cleveland Police top HMIC review

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Both forces were rated 'good' in the three categories

Two of the North East's police forces are among the top performers in England and Wales, according to a new review.

Northumbria and Cleveland Police were both rated "good" in the three categories set by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

The findings are due to be published on a national website which will provide an overview of police effectiveness.

Durham and Cumbria Police also performed well, both receiving two "good" and one "fair" grade.

HMIC has produced report cards which assess each force in three categories: local crime and policing; protection from serious harm; and confidence and satisfaction.

The forces were graded from "poor" to "excellent", with one to four points being allocated accordingly.

We are never complacent and are always looking to drive our service forward
Mike Craik, chief constable of Northumbria Police

Northumbria and Cleveland Police were among only six of the 43 constabularies to score nine points.

Durham and Cumbria each received eight points.

Northumbria chief constable Mike Craik said: "This success is due to the commitment and dedication of all our officers and staff and the support of our partners and the public.

"However, we are never complacent and are always looking to drive our service forward. That is one of the key reasons for our success."

Sean Price, Cleveland's chief constable, also welcomed the figures, but stressed that there was still room for improvement.

He said: "We have been working closely with our partners on a number of initiatives to reduce criminal damage, improve our service to victims of crime and we also have taken action to improve the way we handle dissatisfaction.

"It is only by listening and understanding our communities, that we can better respond to their needs and improve our service even further."

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was ranked alongside Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire as the lowest-performing forces.

The HMIC website - - is due to go live on Saturday.

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