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PCC WELCOMES HMIC REPORT RECOGNISING VISIBLE COMMUNITY POLICING IN BEDFORDSHIRE

Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) – Kathryn Holloway welcomed Bedfordshire Police being recognised for visible community policing.  The acknowledgement was made following a recent inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and was reflected in a report published today (8 December).

The annual HMIC inspection of police effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy, and leadership (PEEL), which rates police forces across England and Wales, rated Bedfordshire Police as ‘Good’ at keeping people safe and reducing crime. 

PCC Kathryn Holloway said:  "I am delighted that the police watchdog – HMIC, considers that Bedfordshire Police can be ranked as ‘Good’ in terms of its legitimacy - the way it treats the public and its own officers and staff.  I am particularly pleased that the work I have been doing to increase visible community policing and to meet with local communities to explain what is being delivered in terms of new officers and, less visibly, through undercover detective work has been recognised - with reference to the first such public meeting in Leighton Buzzard. This has been followed by those in Luton, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, and - on 13 December - another in Houghton Regis, promoting these "community policing hubs" and new officer recruitment.

"Equally I am pleased that HMIC has welcomed the independent scrutiny which the Force has introduced over Stop and Search, and use of Body Worn Video to give confidence to communities who have not always traditionally trusted police. I have insisted on sitting on this review panel, which did not happen before I took over the role of PCC in May 2016.”

The HMIC latest report stated: “Bedfordshire Police treats the people it serves, and its workforce, with fairness and respect.  It is good at seeking and responding to feedback and does good work on identifying and enforcing standards of behaviour.”  However, the report also outlined the need for the Force to improve how it manages individual performance and provides for the wellbeing of its workforce. 

Commissioner Holloway concluded:  "HMIC has pointed to the need to address sickness absence and those on light and restricted duties and my own Police and Crime Plan has stressed the critical importance of supporting officers and staff back to work. I am working shoulder to shoulder with the Chief Constable – Jon Boutcher to address this and to drive home the culture and ethics we both expect to be reflected at all time by those who work for Bedfordshire Police."