Nottinghamshire Police is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime, according to a report by the HMICFRS released today. We are also good at treating the people we serve with fairness and respect and our workforce behaves ethically and lawfully.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Nottinghamshire Police is committed to reducing crime and keeping our communities safe and I am glad that this report by the HMICFRS recognises that we are good at doing this.
“We welcome the report into the force’s legitimacy that was undertaken in May this year, and notes many positive steps we have taken.
“Ethics and values are embedded in everything we do throughout the force and it is great to see that this is recognised.
“Since becoming Chief Constable, in February this year, a lot of changes have taken place in a relatively short period of time. In fact, many of the recommendations made by the HMICFRS have already been acted upon.
“The report recognises that we are good at treating people with fairness and respect, and that we are taking steps to improve this even further via the implementation of work such as the Use of Force Working Group and sound action plans, based on recommendations from national reports.
“I am pleased to see that HMICFRS deems that we are particularly effective in the area of stop and search, acknowledging that my officers have a very good understanding of how to use their powers fairly and respectfully.
“The report recognises that we receive wide-ranging advice from external scrutiny groups, which we listen to and act upon. It also acknowledges that we have a plan in place to tackle the demands on our vetting department.
“I am committed to ensuring my workforce feels like it is treated fairly with respect. We have taken steps and will continue to work to ensure every person in the force feels they are treated this way. I want our force to become an employer of choice and my team is working hard to achieve this. My senior leadership team and I take this matter very seriously and we regularly go out to different stations to speak to staff and officers and address any issues raised.
“The report acknowledges that we are proactive in identifying and resolving workforce concerns and that we have a comprehensive and accessible wellbeing programme. It also notes our considerable effort in encouraging the recruitment of those from diverse and underrepresented communities.
“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to reducing crime and keeping you safe, and I’m glad this report shows we are good at it. We will continue to work hard to ensure that this continues.”
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “This report makes a reassuring read and highlights the progress made over the last twelve months. I’m particularly pleased that it recognises that Nottinghamshire Police is committed to treating the people it serves with fairness and respect and acknowledges the ethical approach embedded across the force, both of which are vital to public confidence. In this country we police by consent which is why trust and confidence in the police are critical factors.
“A lot has happened over the course of this year and I’ve been impressed with the pace of change alongside the commitment of the Nottinghamshire Force in very testing circumstances. But there is more to be done and I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure a working environment that drives continual improvement for both the workforce and the public. But, at the end of the day, ‘good’ is good and that is how this latest inspection rated Nottinghamshire Police.”
Posted on Tuesday 12th December 2017