Police and Crime Commissioner responds to HMIC ratings around Northamptonshire Police legitimacy and leadership

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northampton, has responded to the latest reports from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) assessing Northamptonshire Police’s legitimacy and leadership, as part of the annual PEEL (Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy) evaluations.

The reports – released today and available to view at here – have rated Northamptonshire Police’s legitimacy as ‘Good’. There is no official rating for leadership under HMIC protocols.

HMIC defines a legitimate force as one whose staff and officers are seen by the public consistently to behave fairly, ethically and within the law. The Inspectorate focusses its leadership appraisals on how a force understands, develops and displays leadership through its organisational development, based on the recent guiding principles developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the College of Policing and HMIC.

Although no areas of concern were recorded by HMIC in respect to the legitimacy and leadership of Northamptonshire Police, a number of strands of work have been recommended to be improved, in order to positively influence future ratings.

Police and Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, said:

“I’m encouraged to see that HMIC have maintained the Force’s legitimacy rating of ‘Good” from last year, however I want to make clear that this is not the end-level of our ambition – I want my team and the Force to be striving to deliver the best possible service for the public of Northamptonshire.

“Following HMIC’s feedback to earlier in the year, we have already begun work on areas highlighted for improvement. As part of this we will soon undertake a significant piece of work assessing the mental health of frontline officers, who by the very nature of their roles come in to contact with situations that can have a notable psychological effect. I am committed to ensuring we help and empower officers through practical innovations such as new technologies, as well as through emotional support when needed.

“I’m confident that Chief Constable Simon Edens and his chief officer team are leading the Force to a level of service that we can be proud of and I will continue to help him achieve this while at the same time holding the Force to account for their performance.”

Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, added:

“The ‘Good’ rating given by HMIC is testament to the very positive work our officers and staff do every day and how we strive to treat people fairly and equally. The inspection rightly recognises that the force clearly understands the importance of treating people with fairness and respect and that this forms an integral part of our vision and values.

“The force has undertaken a lot of hard work engaging with communities in the county to understand their views and opinions around the work of Northamptonshire Police and how it can shape what we deliver. Ethical and fair practices begin internally within the force and the report also acknowledges the good approach the workforce has to operating ethically and lawfully, with effective channels for staff to report possible corruption or abuse of power.

“However, this does not mean we will be complacent about the future. We need to make sure we do not rest on our laurels and we will continue to work hard and strive for the best positive level of protection and service to the public.”