Chief Constable pledges that force is heading in the right direction

AN early inspection into the implementation of the national `Policing Pledge has rated the Cambridgeshire police as `fair .Almost a year ago the force signed up to the 10-point charter which set out its promise to the public to deliver a high standard o

AN early inspection into the implementation of the national `Policing Pledge' has rated the Cambridgeshire police as `fair'.

Almost a year ago the force signed up to the 10-point charter which set out its promise to the public to deliver a high standard of service.

In May, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary visited Cambridgeshire to grade the force on all 10 elements of the Pledge, giving a `poor', `fair', `good' or `excellent'.

To coincide with the inspection result, the force has launched a 20 week `We promised and delivered' campaign to highlight the work that has done to meet the Pledge.


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Chief Constable Julie Spence said: "Almost a year ago we made a promise to deliver a minimum standard of policing to the people of Cambridgeshire.

"The report, although almost six months old, shows that we are heading in the right direction.

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"Since the inspection in May we have built on the existing work on the Pledge and I am confident we are making good progress.

"This work isn't about reaching government targets, it's about ensuring people are satisfied with the service they receive from the force and are confident in us."

The Pledge sets out clear standards for the amount of time spent on the beat, easy ways to contact neighbourhood teams and response times to all calls and incidents.

Over the next 20 weeks the force will be releasing detailed information about how it is meeting the requirements set out in the Pledge and how the public can get involved in policing in their area.

Mrs Spence added: "The Pledge is there for the peace of mind of the public and it's important that we keep people informed of the work we have invested in it.

"I hope that it will show people that, in the vast majority of cases, we are responding to calls for help within the times we promised, we are listening to people's concerns and we are providing a visible presence where it is needed.

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