Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has commented on the independent inspection by HMICFRS which found Kent police to be performing well in some areas, but requiring improvement in others.
“These reports provide independent guidance to me as the Police and Crime Commissioner on the performance of our local Police Force. I thank the Officers, Staff and volunteers of Kent Police for their continued diligence and dedication to service which they demonstrate every single day in trying to do their best for our local neighbourhoods and victims of crime.
I commend the Force’s continued outstanding performance in the recording of crime, and for the recognition of the work that has been done to prevent crime from happening in the first place. The Problem Solving Taskforce, which was established from your council tax is an excellent example of how that is happening in practice. The report also shows that resources are being used well.
And some elements of work, such as the focus on cutting county lines and dealing with burglars is not sufficiently recognised.
However, where there are good findings, there are some that are disappointing, too. Of concern is the findings in respect of domestic abuse and the investigation of crime. Members of the public will want assurance that these findings are being given the serious attention that they deserve.
Some actions have already been taken to deal with the points raised, but I await the Force’s improvement plan with interest, which I will scrutinise and hold the Chief Constable to account for."