Outstanding Achievement of Local Police

Michael has praised the achievements of local police following today’s news that Kent Police has once again been graded as ‘Outstanding’ for legitimacy.  The rating means that Kent Police is now the only police force in England and Wales to achieve the grade three years in a row.

The rating comes just weeks after Michael visited Kent Police Headquarters to inspect the new Police Constables in their Passing Out Parade.  Reacting to the announcement, the local MP said: “This is a significant achievement that reflects the police’s ability to maintain law and order in the constituency.”

According to the PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) annual assessment of police forces by Her Majesty’s Inspectors, Kent Police is efficient and effective and is policing the county ‘by consent’.

Inspectors found that officers and staff have a clear understanding of the importance of treating everyone with respect and making fair decisions, as well as being friendly and approachable.  It recognises that Kent Police has a clearly defined vision and set of values and has invested in extensive training to ensure the workforce know what is expected of them.

The report concluded that the leadership of Kent Police demonstrates a very positive ethical approach to policing which is reflected throughout the force.

Michael Praises New Police at Parade

Michael has praised the next generation of local police officers in a special graduation ceremony at Kent Police College.

The parade included a display by Kent Police Dog Section, a March Past, formal inspections and a presentation of awards in which Michael was honoured to have taken part.

Chief Constable, Michael, and Crime Commissioner watch the Dog Section.
Alan, Michael, & Matthew watch the Dog Section

The graduates will now be deployed to provide visible neighbourhood policing across the county, including in the Sevenoaks constituency.  Michael met the PCs who will serve in Sevenoaks to offer his congratulations.  He was also delighted to meet PC Zoe Hill, who previously served as a PCSO in Sevenoaks.

Michael with the Sevenoaks recruits.
Michael with the new Sevenoaks recruits

Michael said: ‘It is an enormous privilege to meet the next generation of police in Sevenoaks.  They have demonstrated excellence and dedication in order to pass the course and will provide valuable service to our community.’

Michael, who during his visit also enjoyed a tour of Kent Police’s Tactical Training and Firearms Unit, added: ‘I wish them all the best in their careers.’