Police and Crime Commissioner responds to HMICFRS report on the efficiency of Northamptonshire Police   

Stephen Mold has welcomed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services rating of ‘good’ in relation to the efficiency of Northamptonshire Police.

Each year, HMICFRS assesses each Police Force in England and Wales on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with judgments of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate given based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majesty’s Inspectors’ (HMIs) professional judgment across the year.

HMICFRS have today stated that Northamptonshire Police is good in respect of how efficient it is in keeping people safe and reducing crime. It positively comments that the force has a better understanding of the demands placed on it, and how they are planning on meeting that demand in the future.

Police and Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Stephen Mold, said:

 “I welcome this report and I believe this is positive news for Northamptonshire Police and recognises the hard work that has been undertaken by not only its senior team but all staff and officers. 

“Over recent months the Force has done an enormous amount of work to understand the demands it faces, and in particular those that are new and emerging. I am pleased that this has been acknowledged by HMICFRS. This work has provided the foundation for the Force’s new operating model that went live on 30th October 2017.

“While this report is welcomed we cannot afford to be complacent and we remain on a journey to continually strive to provide better services for people across Northamptonshire.

“Earlier in the year I provided the Chief Constable with an additional £2million of funding to support more frontline roles. This will assist the Force in addressing some of the comments made by HMICFRS in relation to better using its resources.

“I am confident that the Force’s new operating model and this additional funding will ensure the force has the resources to make Northamptonshire safer for all.

“Please be assured that I will continue to personally oversee the Force’s work on behalf of the public.”

Simon Edens, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:

I accept the report, it confirms the fact that the force is improving, and I thank everyone in the force who has worked so hard to bring about the improvements noted by HMICFRS.  I am pleased with the overall

grade and we will focus on the areas for improvement so that we make best use of the public money we are given to protect people from harm.”