High praise from Kent ACC following visit

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police, Pete Ayling, ACRO CEO Rob Price and CEO of the OPCC for Kent, Adrian Harper

ACRO received high praise from two top-level law enforcement visitors recently.

Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Police, Pete Ayling was accompanied by the CEO of the OPCC for Kent, Adrian Harper on their visit to ACRO.

This was Adrian’s first visit to ACRO and he described the national unit as ‘exceeding his expectations’.

‘It’s proven what I already knew from my 40 years in policing, which is: if you reward people appropriately, give them a pleasant environment to work in, believe in them, support them and make them feel valued, you’ll get a tremendous output. Everyone here is working extremely hard but still has a smile on their face.’

They were welcomed and hosted throughout the day by Head of ACRO Rob Price who is a former Kent ACC.

During their visit, ACC Ayling and Adrian Harper were given a tour of the Fusion One and Forum 3 offices where they were given the opportunity to speak to ACRO staff about their roles and responsibilities in helping to keep the public safe in the UK and internationally. They also were also briefed on the important roles of ACRO’s departments by members of the Senior Management Team.

ACC Ayling said: ‘ACRO is an essential part of the domestic and international landscape. When we look at the opportunities of the future and dealing with the risks of today, it’s fantastic to see the capability and flexibility of this really professional outfit. It’s been a really interesting day.’

Adrian Harper said: ‘I would encourage all Police and Crime Commissioners and their Chief Executive staff to come and see ACRO to truly understand the role they play in protecting our communities and particularly supporting our most vulnerable against some of the most serious offenders that we have. So thank you very much.’

ACRO CEO Rob Price added: ‘It’s wonderful to be able to welcome visitors to ACRO on a more regular basis again and particularly to be able to show how we are delivering value for money to the police force. We welcome any opportunity to shout about our vital work and extend an invite to any police forces who want to get a better understanding of what we do and how we can help, to get in touch and pay us a visit.’