Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has welcomed the decision by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to place Northamptonshire Police under routine monitoring following an improvement in the Force’s tackling of violent crime.
Under the leadership of Chief Constable Simon Edens, Northamptonshire Police have moved from stage three of the HMIC monitoring process – a level of scrutiny the Force had been under since January 2013, where operations are overseen by the Crime & Policing Monitoring Group – to stage one routine monitoring that applies to all forces.
The de-escalation of scrutiny follows the meeting of criteria set by HMIC for the county Force to reach “a plateau in levels of violence against the person, with no adverse crime trends elsewhere.” The result comes almost a year to the day that CC Edens took to the helm of Northamptonshire Police, having begun work with the Force on 27th July 2015.
Police and Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Simon Edens and all of his officers on achieving this important milestone.
“Chief Constable Edens and I share a desire to deliver an outstanding police service for the people of Northamptonshire and I’m delighted that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s can see that the Force is making real progress.
“Northamptonshire Police and I are determined that this is the start of a continued improvement as we aim to make Northamptonshire safer.”
Simon Edens, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:
“I’m very pleased the force has now met the criteria set by CPMG and has returned to Stage 1 of the performance monitoring process.
“This is a very significant move for Northamptonshire Police and I know my officers and staff will see it as recognition of their focus and diligence in protecting people from harm, our core purpose.
“It is also an opportunity for me and other senior leaders here to reiterate the need to remain focused and to avoid complacency.
“We will work tirelessly to reduce violent crime and continue to work with partners to understand the root-cause of the issues which lead people to commit violent offences”.
In a letter to Chief Constable Edens, Zoe Billingham, HM Inspector of Constabulary, wrote:
“I know that since you came into post in July 2015, you and your staff have worked tirelessly to address the longstanding problems that HMIC has identified over a number of years.
“Since January 2013, the force has been under intense scrutiny and I am delighted that the force has now turned a corner. I’m sure you look forward, as do I, to seeing violent crime declining over the coming months.”