Independent inspection grades Kent Police as "outstanding" for fairness.

Media release

An independent inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has judged Kent Police to be "outstanding" in its approach to treating people fairly. Read the report by clicking here

Kent Police is the only force in England & Wales to have achieved the "outstanding" grade in the "legitimacy" strand of the PEEL inspection.

Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation says, "This legitimacy test goes to the heart of British policing dealing as it does with consent showing that police officers and their staff colleagues behave consistently in a way that is fair, ethical and within the law. For Kent Police to achieve this 'outstanding' grade, and to be the only force to do so, is a testament to the hard work of everyone within the organisation."

He continues, "This grading also bears witness to what can be achieved when staff associations and senior managers work together. Kent Police has radically changed its culture from one of chasing pointless, numeric targets to one where police officers and staff now have the freedom to exercise their professional judgement. This has been achieved through a real commitment to change from the very top to the very bottom of Kent Police."

He concludes, "The public are the real beneficiaries of the changes that have led to this grade of "outstanding". These changes enable police officers and staff to do the right thing, ensure that victims and witnesses come first, and focus on providing a first class service to the public."

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