Police and Crime Commissioner responds to final HMIC PEEL assessment of Northamptonshire Police

Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has responded to the final report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabularies (HMIC) in to Northamptonshire Police’s 2015 performance as part of their Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) assessment strand.

Mr Simmonds said he is pleased HMIC have recognised that the Force is showing signs of improvement, however he has challenged Northamptonshire Police to improve their performance under both Effectiveness and Efficiency strands, which were both rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ following inspections in 2015.

Writing HMIC’s overall assessment of Northamptonshire Police, Zoe Billingham, of HMIC, said she looked forward to seeing continued improvements under Chief Constable Simon Edens, adding that she had been “reassured by some very encouraging signs that performance is starting to improve.”

However, Ms Billingham reiterated the need for improvements across a number of areas.

Responding to the report, Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“I would like to thank HMIC for their hard work in evaluating Northamptonshire Police across a number of different metrics in 2015, which have provided invaluable feedback for the Force to use in order to work towards improvements.

“I agree with HMIC’s assessments and have already been working closely with Chief Constable Edens and his team on how to implement the recommended changes in order to progress towards producing the first class police service that we are all striving for.

“As I have said many times before, I have real confidence that Chief Constable Edens is the correct person to realise the vision I have for Northamptonshire Police. I hope to see the Force respond positively to this final assessment by improving its ratings during 2016 inspections.”