The county’s police force is concentrating too much on burglaries, a watchdog has claimed.
West Yorkshire Police was one of 18 forces nationwide which received neither a “good” nor “outstanding” rating for the way it investigated offences.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that officers could make improvements in this area, following concerns that a great amount of resources were being diverted into dealing with particular offences.
“The force uses a wide range of investigative tactics with real drive and determination to resolve its long-standing burglary problem,” said the watchdog’s official report.
“Accredited investigators are used to investigate more serious crimes, but the allocation and supervision of less serious crimes is inconsistent.
“Burglary is a clear priority for the force, but the investigation of other crime types has suffered as a consequence with additional focus required on those that have a level of threat, risk and harm.”
However, the force did receive praise for its work in tackling anti-social behaviour and the HMIC also found that overall Yorkshire’s largest constabulary was good at reducing crime levels.
Reacting to concerns about a possible overemphasis on burglary, Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said that officers were now looking at increasing prioritisation of other offences, including sexual exploitation of children.
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