Police and Crime Commissioner responds to HMIC Legitimacy Report into Northamptonshire Police

Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today welcomed the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary’s (HMIC) Legitimacy Report, that judges Northamptonshire Police to be ‘Good’ at treating people fairly and equally.

Throughout 2015, HMIC’s PEEL (Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy) inspection programme assessed the culture within Northamptonshire Police and how this is reflected in the Force’s public engagement, use of tasers and compliance with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme.

Northamptonshire Police received a ‘Good’ rating across the overview measure of ‘how legitimate is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?’, as well as receiving the same rating across the key HMIC questions of ‘to what extent does practice and behaviour reinforce the wellbeing of staff and an ethical culture?’, ‘how well does the force understand, engage with and treat fairly the people it serves to maintain and improve its legitimacy?’ and ‘to what extent are decisions taken on the use of stop and search and tasers fair and appropriate?’

The HMIC report found that:

  • The chief officer team took seriously the need for an ethical and inclusive workforce, and allegations against officers and staff were generally dealt with fairly and consistently
  • It is clear that local teams engage positively with the public
  • The force is complying with most of the features of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, and use of tasers is fair and appropriate

Responding to HMIC’s assessment, Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“As keepers of the law the very minimum a police force must do is demonstrate itself to be trustworthy through the fair treatment of everyone it comes in to contact with. I’m pleased to see that the HMIC Legitimacy Report has identified that Northamptonshire Police treat people fairly and equally.

“The report reflects the hard work we have carried out in engaging with communities in the county to understand their views and opinions around the work of Northamptonshire Police and in particular around the use of Stop and Search powers – an area which as a county we have been a national leader on.

“However, I will ensure Northamptonshire Police take note of the suggested areas of improvement in the report in order for them to strive for an ‘Outstanding’ rating in 12-months time, an aim that I’m sure is shared by the Chief Constable and his team.”

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