Po­lice in a league of their own

Kent is the only ‘out­stand­ing’ force in coun­try

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Kent Po­lice have been rated the only out­stand­ing force out of 43 as­sessed by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary (HMIC).

A re­port pub­lished last week rated Bri­tain’s po­lice con­stab­u­lar­ies for the first time on how le­git­i­mate they are at keep­ing peo­ple safe and re­duc­ing crime.

Ann Barnes, Kent’s po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner, said she was de­lighted the force had been placed in a league of their own.

Mrs Barnes said: “In all my ex­pe­ri­ence of the polic­ing world, I can’t re­mem­ber any HMIC in­spec­tion when just one force has been sin­gled out for a top­grad­ing like this.

“This is unique, and great news for Kent Po­lice.

“Since 2014, when I re­moved nu­mer­i­cal tar­gets from the Po­lice and Crime Plan, there has been a de­lib­er­ate and suc­cess­ful trans­for­ma­tion from a tar­get and process-driven or­gan­i­sa­tion to one which truly puts the needs of in­di­vid­ual vic­tims at the heart of polic­ing in this county.

“Giv­ing a qual­ity ser­vice, with the con­sent of the pub­lic, goes to the heart of the ethos of pub­lic ser­vice.

“Of all the HMIC re­views that are un­der­taken, this par­tic­u­lar one is the most im­por­tant one to the chief con­sta­ble and me. I’m de­lighted this work, un­der his de­ter­mined, dy­namic, lead­er­ship, with my per­sonal 100% sup­port, has been recog­nised.”

Zoe Billing­ham, Her Majesty’s in­spec­tor for the East­ern Re­gion, said: “Staff are ac­tively en­cour­aged to use their dis­cre­tion to do the right thing.

“The wide­spread un­der­stand­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion of an eth­i­cal cul­ture across the force is hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the ser­vice to the pub­lic.”

Miss Billing­ham also praised the force’s use of Taser and stop and search, as well as ef­forts to sup­port po­lice staff – par­tic­u­larly those with men­tal health is­sues.

Mrs Barnes added: “Kent is one of the big­gest forces in the land with very unique chal­lenges, so it would be easy for the force to miss what is ac­tu­ally im­por­tant – sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing its work­force.

“I’m pleased HMIC recog­nised that Kent Po­lice has not lost sight of that.”

High praise... Kent Po­lice, one of the largest forces in the coun­try, have been rated the only out­stand­ing one

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ann Barnes

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