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Norfolk’s PCC welcomes report praising Norfolk Constabulary's "innovative" approach

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the publication of a report which has praised Norfolk Constabulary for its “innovative” approach to policing.

The report was published this month by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) following its latest inspection this summer.

The force also secured an overall rating of ‘good’ and was judged as ‘outstanding’ in how well it understands current demand.

Commenting on the ‘Police Efficiency’ paper, PCC Lorne Green, said: “I am delighted to see Norfolk Constabulary has received such a positive report which is a reflection on the hard work and commitment shown by officers and staff in keeping Norfolk a safe place in which to live and work.

“It is also pleasing initiatives such as the implementation of the mental health nurse team in the police control room, funded by my office, have been highlighted as examples of positive cross agency working.

“The force was also been praised its introduction of body-worn cameras and mobile devices for officers, introduced as part of my pledge to provide 21st century tools to tackle 21st century crimes.”

The inspection covered how the force understands demand, how it uses resources and how well the force is planning for the future.

It also acknowledged effective partnership working with local councils, health services, the fire service and voluntarily groups, which has led to cost savings and enhanced services provided by the force.

The report however recommended the constabulary build on work to identify leadership capabilities and opportunities for police staff.

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, Zoë Billingham, said: "I am very pleased that once again Norfolk Police has performed extremely well in how efficiently it keeps people safe and reduces crime. I would like to draw particular attention to the outstanding way in which the force understands the demand for its services. It is continuing to improve its already comprehensive understanding of current and likely future demand, including complex demand such as that from communities less likely to report crime.

She added: "Norfolk Constabulary also has an impressive range of working arrangements with other police forces and local partners, such as councils, to help save public money and improve the services it provides. For example, it is sharing a number of premises with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.”

The full report can be viewed here