Good at re­duc­ing crime and keep­ing peo­ple safe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A re­port into the way Kent Po­lice han­dle crime has graded it as gen­er­ally good.

The Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary (HMIC) re­port de­liv­ered an over­all rat­ing of ‘good’ to the county’s force.

The re­port re­vealed that, when a crime oc­curs, the force acts quickly and car­ries out high qual­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

But, while rank­ing ‘good’ in most ar­eas, it was said to need im­prove­ment in help­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and in sup­port­ing vic­tims.

It said the force’s ini­tial re­sponse to sup­port vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, as well as miss­ing chil­dren, is good.

But front­line of­fi­cers’ and po­lice staff’s knowl­edge of child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion needs to im­prove.

Kent had the low­est charge rate in Eng­land and Wales for do­mes­tic abuse but the re­port recog­nises the force has in­vested more re­sources in tack­ling this is­sue as well as miss­ing per­sons and child ex­ploita­tion, and was work­ing to im­prove its ser­vices.

Knowl­edge of how to iden­tify the risk fac­tors as­so­ci­ated with child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion among front­line of­fi­cers and po­lice staff was lim­ited.

It comes af­ter Kent Po­lice was the only force out of 43 in the coun­try ranked as “out­stand­ing”.

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Ann Barnes said: “I’m again very pleased in­deed that HMIC has judged Kent Po­lice to be good at re­duc­ing crime and keep­ing peo­ple safe.

“This is es­pe­cially com­fort­ing in our very large and very di­verse county. Again, I must com­mend the Chief Con­sta­ble, his of­fi­cers and staff – and the many vol­un­teers who sup­port them – for all of the hard work that led to this hat-trick of great re­sults.”

Zoe Billing­ham, Her Majesty’s In­spec­tor for the East­ern Re­gion, said: “I am very pleased that the force pri­or­i­ties re­flect its clear com­mit­ments to sup­port­ing vic­tims, work­ing with part­ners, keep­ing peo­ple safe from crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and en­sur­ing vis­i­ble, com­mu­nity polic­ing is at the heart of Kent Po­lice.”

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