Nottinghamshire Police has seen significant improvements in its ability to effectively reduce crime and keep people safe, according to the latest Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) report.
Previously graded as requiring improvement, the Inspectorate has now deemed the force to be ‘Good’. This is a very significant endorsement for the organisation.
Investigating crime, protecting vulnerable people, tackling serious and organised crime, ethical and lawful workforce behaviour and fair treatment of the public have all been graded as good.
While work is already ongoing to address discreet areas including preventing crime and tackling antisocial behaviour, meeting current demands and using resources, planning for the future and fair treatment of the workforce, which were found to require improvement.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “The findings of the HMICFRS report show we continue to make very significant progress.I pay tribute to all the hard work undertaken by our officers and staff. There has been a huge amount of effort undertaken to get us to this position, and while there is more to do, the investment we have placed in frontline resources, with more police officers available to bolster our local communities will begin to reap rewards.
“Partnership working is one of our strengths and we are continuing to effectively identify and protect those who are vulnerable, sharing information and taking proactive steps to keep people safe. Our joined up approaches including the mental health triage process and the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH), ensures those in need get the appropriate help they require.
“Though significantly more demand heavy and risk intensive than regional forces, we face similar challenges to many other forces, including our understanding of the demand for our service. That said, despite these challenges we continue to work collaboratively across the public sector, developing innovative solutions and we professionally challenge the efficiencies of existing collaborations. Recent highlights include sharing our estate, as we are doing with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and local authorities. This reduces cost and helps retain local footprints across communities wherever possible.
“We look to prioritise our response according to the threat, harm and risk to the public and we have introduced school liaison officers to educate young people, and seek to prevent and detect crime through our knife crime team, burglary team, and most recently a robbery team to reduce demand. I have not closed any front counters and we are using them more creatively than ever.
“There are some internal processes that we need to improve and we are looking to maximise the skills of the workforce and understand the capabilities available to us, for example with our new apprentices and our graduate investigators.
“We now have tight control around our finances, strongly acknowledged by HMICFRS and we remain committed to fair and ethical leadership, to ensure we are an employer of choice for those working for Nottinghamshire Police.
“I am pleased with the progress we have made so far, and welcome the HMICFRS’s recommendations, many of which I know have already seen acted upon. The workforce strives to give the very best public service they can and they rightly deserve such a positive overall external assessment.”
PCC Paddy Tipping said: “This report confirms that force performance has moved in a positive direction, in very challenging circumstances. I know this is the result of the strong, innovative leadership and a lot of hard work by every member of the force. While there is more work to be done, I believe that with the additional officers and staff in my budget this year, that the position can be sustained and improved still further.
“However, this ‘Good’ grade is reassuring news for our residents, businesses and visitors. It demonstrates clearly how hard we are all working to ensure our streets and neighbourhoods are as safe as possible.”
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Posted on Thursday 2nd May 2019