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3 November 2016, 12:33
Kent police have been praised for their efficiency in keeping people safe and reducing crime in the county.
Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) looked at how the force makes use of its resources to provide policing services that meet expectation and following public priorities. It also assessed whether if it was planning and investing wisely for the future.
HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham said: "Kent Police continues to be good in its work to keep people safe and reduce crime.'
She singled out the force’s "excellent understanding" of where crimes are most likely to occur and its focus on crime prevention.
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: "The force was rated outstanding for understanding its demand, local priorities, national requirements and public expectations – and ‘good’ overall.
"This positive report is testament to the hard work and dedication of officers and staff in protecting and serving the people of Kent."
Mr Scott added: 'HMIC was particularly impressed with the force’s grasp of growing demand areas such as cyber-crime and people trafficking and its ability to proactively seek out crimes such as modern slavery which affect some of our most vulnerable people.
Kent Police Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: "This report by HMIC acknowledges Kent Police has a comprehensive understanding of the full range of its current demand and that we are good at matching our resources to that demand.
"My officers and staff strive to provide a first class service to the people of Kent every day and identifying the breadth and volume of demand and the best way to handle it is key to how we deliver Policing both now and in the future.
'The outstanding grading we have achieved for our understanding of future demand on services is a testament to everyone at Kent Police and a sign that the people of Kent should have confidence in our ability to meet future challenges. The support that we receive from the Police and Crime Commissioner is critical to our plans and we will work closely to achieve the very best service possible."
The efficiency report is the first of a trio of HMIC reports which make up its annual PEEL inspection. HMIC will report its findings on legitimacy and leadership next month, and on the effectiveness of Kent Police in managing all aspects of crime in spring 2017.