Anti-terror arrangements are effective

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Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the East Midlands region have welcomed the findings of a major report which highlights the effectiveness of the region’s counter-terrorism team.

In June 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) was commissioned to inspect the effectiveness and efficiency of managing counter terrorism funding arrangements across the East Midlands region through a single counter terrorism grant rather than through separate funding streams.

The PCCs particularly welcomed a recommendation that highlights the need for them to be briefed on terrorist threats in their area. HMIC recommended that within three months the East Midlands Special Operations Unit special branch (EMSOU SB) should provide a briefing document in a standardised format. This, says the report, should be shared in a consistent way with the East Midlands’ PCCs on the threat and risk from terrorism in their force area.

HMIC found that the single counter-terrorism grant provided managers with the authority and flexibility to make the best use of available resources without having to seek the permission of individual budget holders.

HMIC concluded that the single counter-terrorism grant helped promote more standardisation in the region and created a wider pool of resources to respond to demand.