Police earn improved grading of 'good' in new report
and Somerset Police have been given an improved grading of "good"
in a new report out this week.
HMIC Policing Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy report, released
on Thursday (2nd March), recognising the progress the force has
made in the year since their last inspection.
inspectors said the force is good at preventing crime, anti-social
behaviour and keeping people safe; and also investigating crime
and reducing re-offending; plus protecting those who are vulnerable
from harm and supporting victims.
report says that in the last year, the force has made significant
improvements, protecting neighbourhood policing whilst tackling
demand to ensure that vulnerable victims and communities get the
support they need.
the force was graded as good overall, HMIC identified
the way the force tackles serious and organised crime as an area
for improvement. The force is praised for assessing threat and risk
but the report highlights the importance of the role of neighbourhood
officers, and recommends closer working the with south west regional
organised crime unit.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: "This is a very encouraging
report. The last year has been a time of transition and HMIC inspectors
have recognised the very hard work and commitment of officers and
staff in achieving some significant improvement. Keeping local communities
safe, supporting vulnerable victims and reducing crime are the highest
priorities for us. Neighbourhood policing is central to that and
we will continue to preserve the numbers of frontline officers and
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: "From the HMICs
report, I hope local people can see that Avon and Somerset Constabulary
are good at keeping people safe, reducing crime and providing an
effective service to the communities they serve."
pleased the report acknowledges the Constabularys improvement
in the quality of its investigations, particularly those involving
vulnerable victims. Protecting the most vulnerable from harm is
a priority in my Police and Crime Plan and a lot of work has taken
place to provide an enhanced support service for our most vulnerable
and intimidated victims and witnesses."
Constabulary continue to work closely with partner organisations,
sharing information to provide a tailored service to victims, helping
them to cope and recover. It is encouraging to see that more victims
are having the confidence to come forward and report to the police
- this is incredibly important."
is still work to be done, in particular in areas such as tackling
serious and organised crime and I will be discussing the findings
of the report further with the Chief Constable. However, I know
the Constabulary are committed to continually improving its effectiveness."