Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabularies’ (HMIC) report in to the effectiveness of Northamptonshire Police, which states the force ‘requires improvement’ in keeping people safe and reducing crime.
The report – published today and available to view here – notes that: “The force is committed to preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, and has an aspiration for Northamptonshire to become the safest place in England. It is trying to improve the service it provides in identifying vulnerable people and responding to them, but more needs to be done.”
Responding to HMIC’s findings, Commissioner Simmonds said he agreed with the report but is confident that Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, is already putting in place the measures that will see the Force improve its rating next time around:
Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“The performance of Northamptonshire Police has needed improving for well over a decade and despite the fact that it has made improvements in recent years, there is still much to do as this report shows. I’m impatient to see progress and a safer Northamptonshire in years to come.
“However, Northamptonshire Police has a new leader in Simon Edens, who I believe understands some of the inherent problems within the force and the county and he is beginning to take the necessary action to tackle these issues, looking at new leadership appointments and collaboration with other forces, as well as prioritising the tackling of violent crime.
“Chief Constable Edens has still only been in position for just short of seven months but I believe given time he will turn the force around and improve Northamptonshire Police’s rating across all manner of key performance indicators.”