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Response to HMICFRS inspection on police efficiency

November 9, 2017
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Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Nottinghamshire Police is committed to providing the best possible service to our communities, reducing the impact of crime and keeping you safe. 

“We welcome the report by the HMICFRS into Nottinghamshire Police’s efficiency that was undertaken in May this year, and notes many positive steps we have taken. We value their input and recommendations and I am pleased that it is recognised that we are working hard to improve our efficiency. This is testament to my officers and staff.

“Since becoming the chief constable in February a lot of changes have taken place in a short space of time with many more underway. In fact, many of the recommendations made by HMICFRS have already been acted upon by my team, which have been recognised by the inspectorate.‎

“We have a sound plan for the future and we are in a much better financial position than before, both of which the HMICFRS has recognised. This greatly improved financial position has allowed us to make changes to enhance our service and increase recruitment in line with my plan and that of the police and crime commissioner. We are committed to protecting and growing the frontline.

“The report recognises that we have a higher demand than the national average, but we work hard to prioritise this accordingly to ensure that we are there when the public need us. The HMICFRS recognise that we are good at understanding our demand and that we are making real progress when it comes to understanding the crimes that are less likely to be reported. We have also improved our understanding of the workforce’s skills and capabilities. We work well with others to manage local services and we have demonstrated that collaboration with other forces and partners increases our resilience and capability.

“We have launched Our Priority Plan, Nottinghamshire Police’s strategy to provide a service that works for local people, and will ensure that the recommendations made by HMICFRS are fully incorporated into the improvements that come from this, enhancing services for local people. 

“We remain committed to recruiting officers and staff, and investing in them, so that we have the right skills to effectively face any future challenges and provide the best service possible to Nottinghamshire.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said that he was pleased to see that the report recognised the improvements already underway to enhance force efficiency. 

He added: “I welcome this report and its recommendations.  It is a realistic assessment of Nottinghamshire’s performance at the time of the inspection and while we all accept that there is more to do, it acknowledges the progress that’s been made and the plans that are in place. 

“A lot has changed since this time last year, including the chief officer team, which has brought fresh vision, enthusiasm and energy to initiate positive changes across the force.”

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