Avon and Somerset police rated ‘good’ by inspectors

Avon and Somerset police meeting the public at an open day at Valley Road headquarters.

Avon and Somerset police meeting the public at an open day at Valley Road headquarters. - Credit: Archant

Inspectors have given Avon and Somerset Constabulary a ‘good’ rating and highlighted significant improvements it has made to reduce crime.

The force retained its good rating in the latest report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMIC).

There are only two outstanding forces in the country, 30 are classed as ‘good’ and 10 require improvement.

In relation to Avon and Somerset, the report states: “The force is judged to be outstanding in its understanding of demand, its use of resources to manage demand is judged to be good and its planning for future demand is judged to be good.”

Inspectors acknowledged the force has made significant improvements, protecting neighbourhood policing while tackling demand to ensure vulnerable victims and communities get the support they need.

Police were praised for a number of their initiatives.

Police were praised for a number of their initiatives. - Credit: Archant

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Mike Cunningham, an inspector with the HMIC, said: “The findings from this inspection are positive, with the majority of forces able to demonstrate they have absorbed budget reductions well and have improved the efficiency with which they operate.

“We recognise the pressures forces are facing are increasingly complex. The speed with which forces can improve efficiency relies on the continued resilience, adaptability and commitment of those working in policing.”

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Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “From the HMIC’s report, I hope local people can see Avon and Somerset Constabulary are making good use of police resources and are leading the way in understanding the demand that complex crime presents.

“There is still work to be done, but I know the constabulary are committed to continually improving their efficiency in order to achieve their vision of becoming an outstanding force.”

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