Police forces earn high praise after inspection
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 April 2018
Avon and Somerset police have been praised for the 'good progress' which has been made to support vulnerable people.
The constabulary was visited by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where it was handed a ‘good’ rating across all four categories, for investigating crime and protecting vulnerable people.
Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said the force ‘performed well’ in this year’s inspection and had made ‘good progress’ since last year.
The force also excelled when working with other agencies to target young people at risk of becoming involved in crime and taking steps to prevent it.
The inspector praised the early action taken by staff and officers and felt there were ‘good processes’ for responding to fraud reports.
It said the force is taking ‘positive action’ to safeguard vulnerable people and having nurses based in the police call centre ‘improved’ its response to people in mental health crisis.
However, Ms Williams said more work needed to be done to understand why outcomes for domestic abuse cases were not ‘as good as they should be’ and why victims did not always support the police in taking action.
Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew said: “We are pleased the inspector has recognised all the hard work we’ve been doing in Avon and Somerset to improve our effectiveness as a force in responding to crime, managing offenders, protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and being ready to respond to a major incident.
“We’re particularly pleased the pioneering work we’ve been doing to improve our response to incidents involving people in mental health crisis and to equip our officers and staff with the latest technology to improve efficiency.
“We have an ambition to be an outstanding police force so we very much welcome the feedback on where we can do more.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said protecting the vulnerable people was ‘a priority’ and reducing re-offending was a ‘key step’ for the force.
She added: “There is still work to be done, in particular in areas such as understanding why victims do not support police action, addressing the proportion of cases which cannot progress because of evidential difficulties, and tackling serious and organised crime.”