Posted: Thursday 12th April 2018
Policing in Nottinghamshire is good – it’s official. The recent PEEL inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) praised the Force for the progress made to improve services and help for vulnerable victims of crime. This confirms my view that the people we employ, their professionalism and dedication is really making a difference to public safety.
HMICFRS’s Peel inspection programme assesses police forces on the effectiveness of their services. Nottinghamshire’s overall “Good” rating puts us in a significantly better place than last year when it was deemed to be requiring improvement.
The Force was praised for the progress it has made to the way it prevents crime and tackles antisocial behaviour and also its understanding and engagement with the communities it serves to better respond to public needs.
Victims of crime remain a priority and the inspection reflected this, highlighting the improvements made to protect vulnerable people from harm and support victims. In addition, it praised the Force’s management of complex crime investigations involving vulnerable victims and its “effective safeguarding procedures”.
These improvements are really encouraging, especially when viewed in context. During the past five years, we’ve seen our spending shrink by £54m which has resulted in the loss of police officers and PCSOs. The number of calls for assistance continues to grow every year while the threat of terrorism is ever-present. Of course more work is needed, but this report shows we are meeting the challenges head-on and with the recruitment of extra officers in the coming months I’m confident our performance will improve further.
Partnership work is a key strength in Nottinghamshire and this was another area highlighted for praise by the HMICFRS inspection, particularly the joint work taking place to solve crime and tackle the root causes of offending.
I’m very proud of the way in which local organisations work together in Mansfield and Ashfield to reduce harm and we’re looking at ways to expand this work to tackle acute problems of victimisation. It’s so much easier to solve a problem when you have more than one expert around the table and evidence shows us it works in the long term.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner