Good Rating for Hertfordshire Constabulary
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the ‘Good’ rating given to the Constabulary by the independent police inspector.

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published its Effectiveness report, which shows an overall improvement on last year’s inspection.

The force is good at preventing and investigating crime and tackling anti-social behaviour and serious and organised crime.

HMICFRS says the force “acted decisively” since the last inspection, and quickly addressed the failings it identified last year.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd says:

“This is overall a good result and I’m pleased to see HMICFRS acknowledge the hard work the Constabulary has put in to address the areas of concern in the previous inspection.

“There has been significant investment into the Force Control Room and investigation teams this year, and I hope to see even more progress in the next inspection.

“There are some areas which will need further work and I’ve met with the Chief Constable to discuss how we ensure these are addressed as soon as possible.”

Chief Constable Charlie Hall says:

“I am pleased that the report recognises the improvements that have been made as a result of the hard work and dedication of the Constabulary’s officers, staff and volunteers. 

“I am determined that this upward trend will continue.”

HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham said:

“I commend Hertfordshire Constabulary for the progress it has made in addressing the areas for improvement we identified last year.

“The force has taken prompt and effective action to address problems that we found last year in how it supported vulnerable people. It is improving many aspects of this vitally important area of policing, although there is still more to do.

“I am pleased that the force is good at investigating crime. Initial investigations are sound, incidents are attended promptly, the force makes good use of intelligence and victims receive regular updates.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary has also made progress in improving the supervision and quality of investigations involving some rape victims and domestic abuse.

“I recognise the considerable efforts that Hertfordshire Constabulary has made to address areas for improvement and commend it for the quick progress it has made. I am confident that the Chief Constable and his top team will continue to ensure that the areas for improvement that we have identified will be acted on.”

You can read the full inspection report on the HMICFRS website.