8. Review of Effectiveness and Policing Environment
Review of effectiveness
The JAC undertook a comprehensive review of its effectiveness in May 2022. This consisted of an online survey based on National Audit Office guidelines. The survey was circulated through the OPCC via “Smart Survey” to JAC members and representatives from the Force, OPCC, EY and RSM. Ten replies were received, including all 5 JAC members. The detailed responses were reported in June 2022 and demonstrated that the JAC works effectively, members have a clear understanding of their role, with a good mix of skills. A number of suggestions to improve effectiveness was identified and an appropriate action plan was developed.
To carry out its work effectively, the JAC seeks to ensure an understanding of the Force’s key policing challenges and associated risks. Members of the JAC observe from time to time the work carried out by the Force Strategic Change and Resources Board, the Force Digital Transformation Oversight Board, Diversity & Inclusion Board and the Force Performance Management Committee. These meetings provide useful insights into key policing matters.
A key matter for Kent, and other police forces, has been the Police Uplift Programme, the government’s drive to protect the public by recruiting additional police officers. Kent has met, and indeed exceeded, government targets for the Police Uplift Programme, something a number of other Forces throughout the country have not been able to achieve. With further officers funded from local council tax, Kent now has more officers in its ranks than at any time in its history.
Additionally, JAC Members visited the Kent Police Training School and the Folkestone Forensics Centre during the year.
Members receive RSM’s regular Emergency Services Briefing.
HMICFRS activity is reported to the JAC at each meeting, and the implementation of recommendations is monitored. Their report on Kent’s policing effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy for 2021/2022 has now been published and the JAC have a standing agenda item to track the Force progress against HMICFRS recommendations.