Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) assessed the effectiveness of police forces across England and Wales.
An effective police force is one which keeps people safe and reduces crime. These are the most important responsibilities for a police force, and the principal measures by which the public judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole.
To reach a judgment on the extent of each force’s effectiveness, HMIC’s inspection answered the following overall question: How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?
Northamptonshire Police requires improvement in respect of its effectiveness at keeping people safe and reducing crime. HMIC’s overall judgment is the same as last year, when we judged the force to require improvement.
Northamptonshire Police has weaknesses across a range of areas. Crime prevention activity, investigative standards and the safeguarding provided to vulnerable victims all need to improve.
The force has adequate arrangements in place to fulfil its national policing responsibilities, but needs to address shortcomings in its approach to tackling serious and organised crime.