Who we inspect

Police forces in England and Wales

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspects and monitors the 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales, sometimes also referred to as Home Office-funded forces.

HMIC has statutory powers to inspect and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of these police forces, as set out in Section 54 (2) of the Police Act 1996. Each year, we consult on, and then publish, an inspection programme, including a schedule of inspection. The schedule includes the inspections which form our regular annual assessment of police force performance, called the PEEL assessments. PEEL stands for police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. It is the programme in which HMIC draws together the evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. HMIC has introduced these assessments so that you are able to judge the performance of your force and policing as a whole.

Use our interactive map of England and Wales, to read the PEEL assessment for each of the 43 forces.

In addition to the inspections in the schedule, HMIC can be commissioned by the Home Secretary, and local policing bodies (police and crime commissioners, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, and the City of London Corporation) to inspect any, or all, of these police forces on a particular subject.

Other police forces and agencies

HMIC also inspects other forces and organisations, which police specific areas of infrastructure or particular types of crime.

HMIC has a duty to inspect the following:

  • Armed Forces Police – Royal Navy, Royal Military, Royal Air Force Police
  • British Transport Police
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • The National Crime Agency

To find out more about these organisations and the inspections we have carried out, visit Our work, where you can search for the area you’re interested in.