Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has welcomed the latest report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which focuses on police effectiveness.
Areas looked at by the inspectors include how well Norfolk Police keeps people safe, reduces, prevents and investigates crime, supports victims and protects the vulnerable.
PCC Stephen Bett said: “This report makes very pleasing reading and, not only as PCC but also as a Norfolk resident, it gives me great confidence in our police service.”
The inspection report, published by HMIC today (Thursday 18 February), rates Norfolk Police ‘good’ overall, and ‘outstanding’ for preventing crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keeping people safe. It also praises the way victims are supported and vulnerable people are protected in the county.
“Both the Chief Constable and I, as noted in the report, have delivered strong leadership and considerable focus in these key areas. I’m delighted that the inspectors have recognised some of the excellent work being done in Norfolk as a result.
“I am extremely proud of all our police officers, staff, Specials and volunteers who play their part in delivering a top-rate policing service day-in, day-out. It also must be mentioned that working in partnership with other agencies plays a significant role in our successes, and the inspectors have cited the early help and safeguarding hubs, and safer schools partnerships as just a couple of examples of Norfolk’s strengths.
“Disappointingly, the report does also highlight where those partnership opportunities haven’t been taken up which, in relation to our response to serious and organised crime, has resulted in a recommendation from HMIC that improvement is needed.
“As outlined by the Home Office in its guidance on drawing up local serious and organised crime profiles, partnership working is essential for getting things right. The Constabulary hasn’t made best use of partnership arrangements in this area – something my office had raised with them some months ago – and, as such, there is work to be done.
“I’ll be keeping a close eye on how the force responds to that recommendation, along with how it continues to fight crime and keep us all safe, through my public meetings with the Chief Constable.
“If you’ve not yet come along to one, but would like to know more about how policing works, please take a look at my website or give the office a call for details of future meetings.”
More information on HMIC PEEL assessments can be found at https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/peel-assessments/peel-2015/norfolk/