The Isle of Man Constabulary has become the first police force in the British Isles to secure the prestigious Investors in People Champion status.
Welcoming the move, Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson said the force had responded positively to the challenges of financial pressures and huge demand on its resources as a result of some major investigations by ‘equipping its people with the right knowledge, skills and motivation to work effectively’.
He said the bottom line is that the island’s crime rate remains low and the detection rate is well above the average recorded in England and Wales.
But he accepted the unprecedented spate of domestic burglaries earlier this year could damage that record.
The Chief Constable’s next annual report, to be presented at Tynwald’s October sitting will include those burglaries and an incident involving multiple offences of criminal damage on cars in Castletown.
Combined they account for about 100 of the crimes committed in 2014-15. This compares to the previous year when a total of 2,110 crimes were recorded in the island.
Police say they believe they have successfully disrupted the burglars.