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Matthew Scott commends Kent Police on its continued efficiency

Matthew Scott commends Kent Police on its continued efficiency
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Matthew Scott has commended Kent Police for maintaining its efficiency at keeping people safe and reducing crime, at a time when demand on the force is increasing.

Each year Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) publishes three reports which make up its Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy (PEEL) inspection.

The first of these reports, published on 9 November, found Kent Police to be outstanding at understanding demand; good at using its resources; good at planning for the future – and good in terms of its overall efficiency.
Mr Scott said:

‘Maintaining good and outstanding judgements in the current climate is not easy and I recognise the efforts that officers and staff at Kent Police have put in to deliver these results.
‘The Chief Constable’s new policing model, alongside the increase in Police Officer numbers, and the protection of PCSO posts, will help to improve the service that residents receive, support victims of crime and tackle the problems that our communities face.
‘These reports are useful for me as a PCC in order to hold the police to account. This includes on issues such as 101, which has been acknowledged as a challenge, but I have been assured that there is a plan in place to turn this around.’

Chief Constable of Kent Alan Pughsley said:

‘I am pleased that the efficiency with which Kent Police keeps people safe and reduces crime has been judged as ‘good’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service.
‘As a force, we are focused on understanding the demand that is placed on our officers and staff to ensure that we have the resources needed to deliver the best service possible to the people of Kent. This understanding has been recognised by HMICFRS as ‘outstanding’ and should give the public confidence in our ability to meet the challenges both now and in the future.
‘Demand on policing has reached unprecedented levels and we pride ourselves in finding innovative ways of working resourcefully to manage this whilst keeping victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do. We will continue to do this, together with our partners, in order to ensure a quality service and to identify efficiencies.    
‘Although this is a positive assessment, we will endeavour to find new ways to continue to improve and develop as a force.’

HMICFRS will publish its grading of Kent Police’s legitimacy next month, followed by its effectiveness report in spring 2018.

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