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West Midlands Police had made some progress in improving conditions in their custody cells, but further work was necessary, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary. Today they published the report of an unannounced inspection.

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HMIC has published the first of four quarterly updates on the Metropolitan Police Service’s preparedness to deal with child protection issues, following the publication of our initial report in December 2016.

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HMIC has today published an inspection report into the child protection work carried out by Leicestershire Police, following an inspection in January 2017. This is part of a rolling programme of child protection inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

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