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Plans to cut the number of constabularies to as few as 17 were proposed in 2005 after a report said most forces were too small to tackle terrorism and cross-border crime.
The grading makes it one of the top across England and Wales - joining 24 other constabularies that received a "good" rating, the second highest achievable level.
It is over 30 years since the last reorganisation of the constabularies.