Commenting on today’s HMIC reports, which set out that Essex Police is rated as “good” on the HMIC’s “Legitimacy” report and that the force shows strong leadership across ranks and staff grades, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said:
“Being a police officer is a privilege and it’s crucial that we use and are seen to use our policing powers fairly and with respect. Modern policing also needs strong leadership throughout the ranks to embed the values we need the public to experience when they encounter us.
“Today’s important reports demonstrate that, in challenging times for policing, Essex Police operates with a strong ethical culture that treats people fairly, puts victims first and equips officers to lead teams working every day to prevent harm and solve crime.
“The reports highlight that we are working hard to improve the public’s confidence in us and to ensure victims of crime are satisfied with the help we provide. We also attach great importance within the force to embed the fairness and ethical conduct that I know the public expect of us.
“I am pleased the reports have set out the good work we’ve been doing, but I will never be complacent about policing and safety in Essex. In Basildon last week I spoke to people who are rightly concerned about their community and I know that concern is shared in other parts of the county. These independent reports tell the public what we’re good at and show that we have never been better prepared to respond to those concerns while prioritising the incidents that cause most harm.”