Hertfordshire police rated among best in country

THE county’s police force has been ranked as one of the best in the country, according to a new report.

Hertfordshire Constabulary was given a glowing rating in a new “report card” assessment by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), published yesterday (Thursday).

The force, which has its headquarters in Stanborough Road, WGC, is one of only four in the country with a “triple good” ranking.

HMIC inspector Zoe Billingham said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary provides a consistently high standard of policing service to its local communities and enjoys some of the highest levels of public confidence and satisfaction in England and Wales.

“Violent crime is among the lowest nationally.”

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The force was also praised for the way it tackles and responds to anti-social behaviour and for its joint ‘advanced and effective’ collaboration work with Bedfordshire, in particular in tackling major crime.

Chief constable Frank Whiteley said: “This is an excellent report that builds on many years of consistently improving performance.

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“It is a tribute to the hard work and professionalism of the officers, staff, specials and volunteers that I have the privilege to lead as well as the tremendous support we get from the public, our county council, local authorities and other partners.”

Police authority chairman Stuart Nagler said: “The authority is delighted with these results and I would like to offer my congratulations to the chief constable and all his officers and staff.”

In the report, all 43 police forces in England and Wales were judged in three categories: local crime and policing, protection from serious harm, and public confidence and satisfaction.

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