Police named as one of best in UK

SUFFOLK police has been named one of the best forces in England and Wales, according to new Home Office figures.The Government's Police Performance Assessments rate the 43 forces in seven different categories.

SUFFOLK police has been named one of the best forces in England and Wales, according to new Home Office figures.

The Government's Police Performance Assessments rate the 43 forces in seven different categories.

Each “excellent” rating is worth three points, according to the Home Office, while “good” is worth two, “fair” is worth one and “poor” carries a minus one rating.

Achieving maximum points in each of the seven categories would allow a maximum score of 21 points.

While the Home Office does not tot up each force's marks, an unofficial league table, compiled by the Press Association, shows that Suffolk's force was among only six to gain 15 points.

Only four police constabularies were awarded more points, with the maximum accrued being 18. Essex Police was awarded 11 points.

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Ministers claim it is “erroneous” to compile a national league table from the statistics, which compare forces with other similar forces and not as a national group.

The categories are tackling crime, resources and efficiency, serious crime and public protection, protecting vulnerable people, satisfaction and fairness, implementation of neighbourhood policing and local priorities.

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