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Kent PCC Matthew Scott praises force after it retains 'good' rating

PUBLISHED: 11:04 08 November 2016

Kent police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott

Kent police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott

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The force is one of 33 to be rated good across the country

Kent’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott has praised officers and staff after the force retained its good rating in the latest report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC).

HMIC rated Kent Police outstanding in terms of its understanding of current demand, adding that it is doing considerable work to evaluate future demand.

The force was also commended for its financial management, its use of technology such as body-worn cameras, and its collaboration with Essex Police.

The report, published on November 3, saw Kent Police receive an overall rating of good alongside 32 other forces in the UK, with just two classed as outstanding and eight as requiring improvement.

Mr Scott commented: “This positive report is testament to the hard work and dedication of officers and staff in protecting and serving the people of Kent.

“HMIC was particularly impressed with the force’s grasp of growing demand areas such as cyber-crime and people trafficking and its ability to proactively seek out crimes such as modern slavery which affect some of our most vulnerable people.

“The force also received praise for its collaborative work and for its use of new technology such as body-worn cameras, the benefits of which I have seen for myself.

“As the PCC, with responsibility for managing the force’s finances, I’m pleased we’re delivering value for money and will continue to invest in new innovations because reducing vexatious complaints against police officers, improving evidence capture and reducing the need for officers to return to police stations to look-up information or to attend court to give evidence means more officers spending more time out in our communities.”

Kent Police chief constable Alan Pughsley added: “This report by HMIC acknowledges Kent Police has a comprehensive understanding of the full range of its current demand and that we are good at matching our resources to that demand.

“We are taking seriously the unprecedented demand faced and in doing so we are putting the public at the heart of our plans.”

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