Police force ‘has made good progress’ to improve public safety

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 April 2018

The force is said to be making good progress.

The force is said to be making good progress.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary has made ‘good progress’ to prevent crime and tackle antisocial behaviour, a report has said.

The service was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where it was told it was ‘good’ at preventing and investigating crime and protecting vulnerable people.

The inspector praised the early action taken by staff and officers and felt it had ‘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, the inspector 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 sometimes had no support for police action.

Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said the force had ‘performed well’ in this year’s inspection and had made ‘good progress’ since last year.

The force has also excelled when working with other agencies to target young people at risk of becoming involved in crime and take steps to prevent it.

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.”

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