Praise for efforts of Essex police

PUBLISHED: 13:57 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:56 31 May 2010

ESSEX Police has been judged as providing a good service in most categories in a nationwide review by the Home Office. The county scored highly on delivering a good performance for reducing crime. Statistics for April to September 2006 show recorded cri

ESSEX Police has been judged as providing a 'good' service in most categories in a nationwide review by the Home Office.

The county scored highly on delivering a good performance for reducing crime. Statistics for April to September 2006 show recorded crime has fallen 8.1 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

For investigating crime, the force was judged to be delivering a good and improved service, after only being considered fair and improving the previous year.

Deputy Chief Constable Charles Clark said: "We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this assessment. We have shown substantial improvement from last year.

"Solid foundations have been built in Essex and we are determined to improve the standards of policing even further. We will continue with our drive to increase detections and send a strong message to criminals that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

"We will continue to work towards keeping the fear of crime to a minimum, increase visible policing and increase public satisfaction with our service."

Specific performance indicators under the main heading of Investigating Crime show the percentage of offences brought to justice has also improved from fair and improved in 2004/05 to excellent and improved in 2005/06.

The assessment also found the levels of fear of crime in Essex are amongst the lowest in the country.

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