Sussex Police has been rated as successful in helping prevent crime and reduce offending.
Its good work was highlighted by the HMIC in its interim assessment of day-to-day policing in Sussex.
The first assessment in a new programme of inspections reviewed how well the force tackles crime, delivers value for money and how it acts with integrity and provides a service the public expects.
Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said, “I am delighted that much of our service is recognised as ‘good’.”
The HMIC acknowledged that the force is good at preventing offending and reducing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and at the efficiency with which it carries out its responsibilities, acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in its practises, confident in reporting internal wrongdoing where it is suspected and it deals with it robustly and committed to assessing the risk of victims of domestic abuse effectively and taking positive action
“However, it also identified areas where there is a need for improvement – the way the force investigates volume crime, capacity to manage demand and a need for more prompt contact with victims,” said DCC Pinkney. “We take this seriously and have completed an internal review and I’m satisfied work is underway to effectively address these.”
The report also reflected on how the force benefits from close partnerships and has effective processes in place for dealing with organised crime and, through collaboration, the necessary capability to tackle terrorism, civil emergency, serious organised crime and public order.
DCC Pinkney said, “HMIC recognises a number of real strengths that are down to the hard work of officers, staff and volunteers. This is an opportunity for our professionalism to be publicly acknowledged.
“The report reflects the many positive things that the inspection team found, not least the energetic leadership of the Chief Constable, our success in tackling crime and supporting victims and our proactive steps to ensure officers and staff meet the high standards expected by the public and police service alike.
“We have worked hard so staff understand the importance of delivering policing with as much transparency as possible.”