Inspectors praise Suffolk and Norfolk police forces

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk
Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk

Suffolk and Norfolk Police have today both been recognised as ‘good’ forces by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies.

Suffolk received an overall ‘good’ grading in the 2016 PEEL inspections into effectiveness, which looks at how well the force keeps people safe and reduces crime.

Norfolk's deputy chief constable Nick Dean

Norfolk's deputy chief constable Nick Dean

The force was graded as ‘good’ in all four areas of the assessment: effectiveness at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe; investigating crime and reducing offending; protecting those who are vulnerable from harm and supporting victims and tackling serious and organised crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Steve Jupp said: “This report demonstrates that the force has continued to move in a positive direction over the past 12 months. The areas inspected should provide reassurance to the public that we are working extremely hard in ensuring they are kept safe.

“It needs to be borne in mind that this ‘good’ grading was achieved in the face of a continual financially challenging climate and one of changing and increasing demand on our service.

“It’s also important to recognise that this inspection was conducted after the latest phase of the Suffolk Local Policing Review was implemented, so effectively the report is an endorsement of our work to transform and modernise our service and ensure we can respond effectively to current and future challenges.”

The HMIC report also praises the way in which the force approaches issues of vulnerability and serious and organised crime and states that officers and staff they spoke to had a good understanding of what makes a person vulnerable and the action they need to take to keep them safe.

Mr Jupp added: “While the inspection reflects favourably on the force we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Looking ahead we will look to build on our strong links with our communities and partners who play a key role in supporting us in our work.”

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore said:“Suffolk is a safe place to live and work and I hope people find reassurance in the fact that the HMIC inspection has acknowledged that the constabulary does a good job.

“I am particularly proud the HMIC report also praised the way Suffolk deals with vulnerability. In my role as PCC I have a responsibility to support victims of crime so I am really pleased that the inspectorate noted our officer and staff are helping to keep vulnerable people safe.”

For the full HMIC report on Suffolk Police click here.

Norfolk has been recognised as one of the top performing forces in the country in the report.

With an overall ‘good’ grading in the 2016 PEEL inspections into effectiveness, it was also rated as an outstanding for its comprehension of current and future demand and had an overall rating of good when looking at how legitimate the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “These are consecutive excellent results demonstrating our continuing high performance against a very challenging financial backdrop and increase in demand.

“This demonstrates how innovative, committed and professional Norfolk Constabulary’s staff and officers are and I am pleased to see that their work is reflected in this report.

“It can also be seen as a credit to everyone including all of our specials and volunteers, particularly when there have been no causes for concern identified by HMIC in any of the reports in the last two years.”

Fore the full HMIC report on Norfolk Police click here