It rates the Force "good" in the most categories, including preventing crime, disrupting serious organised crime and protecting vulnerable people. However inspectors found that although improvements have been (and are being) made, there were still areas requiring improvement, namely how quickly the force responds to the public and how many crimes are solved. (For a copy of the full PEEL inspection, please contact HMICFRS)
Below is a statement from the PCC Matthew Scott,
“I am pleased that the report shows the positive progress that Kent Police has been making since the last report. There has been improvement in some of the gradings they have received and it clearly recognises the effort of the Force in making the changes that were required.
“I acknowledge that there is still some work to do to improve outcomes for victims of crime. As demonstrated at my own Performance meetings, I continue to hold the Force to account for delivering their responsibilities under the Victims Code, getting the right outcomes and bringing offenders to justice. And I will carry on scrutinising the roll out of the neighbourhood policing model so that it delivers for local residents.
“Overall the inspection shows a more positive outlook for Kent Police than before and I will continue to drive forwards the improvements that are needed.”