Stephen has welcomed the findings of the latest HMIC report into Norfolk Constabulary.
Responding to the report Police Legitimacy 2015 Stephen said: “This latest assessment of Norfolk Constabulary focuses on the culture within the force and how this is reflected more widely. It is encouraging to see the inspectors highlight areas such as the force’s ethical culture and its understanding of the need to engage with the public it serves. I am pleased to see the constabulary complies with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme although there are lessons to be learned around some stop and search records; something I will pick up and monitor at the next public meetings with the Chief Constable. Overall this is another positive report from HMIC and one which I welcome.”
Norfolk Constabulary’s Press Release:
In the first of the ‘legitimacy’ strand of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) Peel inspections, Norfolk Constabulary has been recognised for its efforts with a ‘good’ grading.
The Constabulary always aims to be legitimate in the way our service is delivered and is pleased to see this acknowledged.
Deputy Chief Constable Charlie Hall welcomed the result saying: “To effectively and efficiently police by consent the Force needs to be seen to be acting in a way that is considered fair and ethical. I am pleased to see that HMIC inspectors believe that we deliver our service in such a way.”
The report, issued today examined the Constabulary’s response to public engagement, use of Tasers and compliance with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme.
The HMIC PEEL inspections** are a national benchmarking exercise to judge how efficient police forces are at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Following the review, which included focus groups and interviews with officers and staff, reviewing a number of Taser deployment and stop and search forms and listening to calls for service from members of the public, the inspection team gave Norfolk police an overall judgement of “good”.
- Norfolk Constabulary makes it a priority to develop and maintain an ethical culture within the organisation based on the Code of Ethics, recently setting up an integrity committee, with Suffolk Constabulary, chaired by a deputy chief constable.
- The force promotes the wellbeing of staff in a positive way.
- Its complaint and misconduct process is consistent and fair.
- The constabulary is compliant with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, and publishes comprehensive data on its use of stop and search.
- All officers authorised to use Taser are appropriately trained and familiar with the National Decision Model.
- It communicates with the public in a range of different ways, treating them with fairness, respect and engaging well.
** HMIC’s annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) consider whether forces keep people safe and reduce crime (how effective a force is), whether these activities are being carried out at the most appropriate cost (how efficient a force is), and how forces are ensuring they have the confidence of their communities (the public legitimacy of a force)
To reach a judgment on each force’s legitimacy, HMIC examined three areas:
- To what extent does practice and behaviour reinforce the wellbeing of staff and an ethical culture
- How well does the force understand, engage with and treat fairly the people it serves to maintain and improve its legitimacy?
- To what extent are decisions taken on the use of stop and search and Taser fair and appropriate?