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Building on the experience of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in inspecting and reporting on the efficiency and effectiveness of all police forces in England and Wales, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, has today announced that it will extend its responsibility to the inspection of fire & rescue services in England.

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A joint inspection by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary found widespread failures across the Criminal Justice System when it comes to disclosure of evidence.

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Once again, the majority of people in England and Wales feel safe in their local neighbourhoods according to a report commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

Our purpose

To promote improvements in policing to make everyone safer.

Our role

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) independently assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing from the work of neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism, in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence and make recommendations for improvement.

We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Who we are

Sir Thomas Winsor

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary

Zoë Billingham

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Mike Cunningham QPM

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Matt Parr, CB

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Dru Sharpling CBE

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Wendy Williams

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Our work

The public want the police to succeed in their mission to keep people safe and secure. It is in the public interest that the quality of policing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland keeps improving.

At HMIC, we monitor and report on forces and policing activity with the aim of encouraging improvement.

By providing accessible information on the performance of forces, we allow their public, and peers, to see how they are doing. This will place pressure on those forces falling below average in aspects of policing to raise their game.

Who we inspect

Police forces

HMIC inspects and monitors the 43 police forces in England and Wales, sometimes also referred to as Home Office-funded forces. This section provides information on each of these forces, including links to their recent reports, data,  local information and useful links.

Other organisations

We also inspect other policing bodies and organisations, such as the Ministry of Defence Police and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Our publications