THE Police & Crime Commissioner has deflected concerns from a report that says his force ‘requires improvement’.
That was the message from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary after a look into the ‘effectiveness’ of Surrey Police.
Particular worry revolved around the protection of vulnerable victims, ‘especially children who had been subject to abuse’.
But Kevin Hurley maintained a level head after being presented with the report, and says such matters have long since been addressed.
He explained: “Most of the content of this report reflects the force’s performance six to eight months ago, since then their situation has very much improved in this sensitive area.
“The changes include better training, better use of systems and a cultural change in how the force operates, brought in by the current leadership.”
The Surrey force was rated ‘good’ at preventing crime and antisocial behaviour, reflecting the PCC’s approach of zero tolerance policing.
“The introduction of Joint Enforcement Teams, initially in Reigate and Banstead, and now adopted in Elmbridge, Spelthorne and likely to go county wide in the coming year, has met with enthusiastic approval of local residents,” added Mr Hurley.
“The joint powers of council officers and police officers working closely together increases the visibility of authority on the streets and enables quick and effective tackling of fly-tipping, graffiti, littering and other forms of anti-social behaviour, making a positive difference in the boroughs.”
Also ‘requiring improvement’ was the force’s ability to investigate complex crime and process forensic evidence quickly.
However, Mr Hurley says that in the last 12 months Surrey Police have climbed the national league tables when it comes to tackling different types of crime, specifically: up 19 places to 19th in the country for robbery; three places for violence without injury; six places for serious sexual offences; seven places for cases of rape; and five places for total notifiable offences.