Published 2 May 2019

Matthew Scott welcomes recent judgements by HMICFRS which found Kent Police to be outstanding in three key areas

Matthew Scott says that findings published by independent inspectors today prove that Kent Police is the best force in the country.
Mr Scott, Kent’s elected Police and Crime Commissioner, was speaking after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) rated Kent Police as outstanding for how efficiently it uses its resources, and outstanding for its legitimately in serving the public. Those judgements follow soon after a separate HMICFRS report found Kent Police to be outstanding at how it records crime too.
Mr Scott said:

‘This is fantastic news. No other police force in England and Wales boasts three outstandings.
‘I am absolutely confident that, as these independent inspections have shown, Kent Police is the best police force in the whole country despite having one of the lowest council tax precepts and being one of the lowest-funded force areas.
‘Many congratulations to all Kent Police’s officers and staff for achieving this status and, on behalf of the residents of Kent, I thank you for all the hard work you continue to do to keep our communities safe.’

This was the first time HMICFRS has rolled its Policing effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (Peel) inspections into a single integrated report. As well as being judged outstanding for efficiency and legitimacy, Kent Police was also found to be good in terms of its effectiveness at reducing crime and keeping people safe.
HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham said:

‘Overall I congratulate Kent Police for its excellent performance over the past year. I am confident that it is well-equipped for this to continue.’

Chief Constable of Kent Police, Alan Pughsley, said:

‘I am extremely pleased that Kent Police has been graded outstanding in the way that we treat people, plan for the future and work together with our partner agencies to protect the public.

‘Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services also recognised that we do a good job when it comes to preventing and investigating crime and protecting vulnerable people.

‘This report is testament to the fantastic job my staff do for the people of Kent day in, day out. As positive as this report is about our work, however, we remain determined to continue to improve what we do and how we do it.

‘We will work together to achieve this and continue to provide a first class policing service to the people of Kent.’

Mr Scott added:

‘Even despite this fantastic report, we cannot stand still.
‘I hope that the extra 180 police officers I am funding this year through council tax, on top of the 200 extra officers recruited last year and ongoing investment in new technology and equipment, will help the force to continue to improve - just as investment in additional Force Control Room staff last year has delivered a positive impact on 101 call-handling performance.’