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Victims let down by poor crime-recording

The most extensive inspection and analysis of crime-recording ever carried out by HMIC found that the national average rate of under-recording of crime is almost one in five.


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HMIC has published the response to points raised about the PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) 2014 assessments during our consultation.

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In September 2013, we inspected 18 forces as part of our three-year programme to examine the arrangements that forces have in place to meet the strategic policing requirement. These reports set out what we found.

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HMIC has published the latest value for money profiles which provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities.

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Find your local police force

Use our interactive map of England and Wales to find out more about your local police force, including recent reports and data published by HMIC.

Crime and Policing Comparator

The Crime and Policing Comparator is HMIC’s online tool, that brings together data from all 43 police forces across England and Wales for the past four years, allowing you to explore the data in one place and draw graphs of your choice.

Local policing bodies

Explore useful information on crime and policing, and how HMIC works with police and crime commissioners, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, and the City of London Corporation.

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Our role

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) independently assesses police forces and policing activity ranging from neighbourhood teams through serious crime to 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. 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.

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Mission statement

Through inspecting, monitoring and advising, to promote and advance improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of policing. We will do this independently, professionally and fairly, always championing the public interest, and we will explain what we do and why.

Who we are

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


Stephen Otter QPM

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Dru Sharpling CBE

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.

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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.

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Our publications

To search for HMIC reports, speeches and press releases, type a key word into the search box below. For more search options, or to search by year or police force, choose Browse our publications.


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Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

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