PEEL assessments consultation

We are conscious of our responsibility to balance the inspection demands we place on forces with the benefits they and the public receive from our work.

To this end, HMIC is consulting with the public, the police service and other interested parties in developing both the overall programme, and the inspections within it.

Public consultation

We need the views of the public, the police service and others as we develop our new approach. We ran a public consultation over the summer in 2014 and our proposed approach to the PEEL assessment programme was set out in our full consultation document. Please note that this consultation is now closed.

Read the consultation

Our consultation response

Most of the questions we asked in the consultation related to the PEEL assessments which will be published in 2015. We asked for your views on how our programme of inspection should be carried out, and whether you agreed with our proposals.

The first PEEL assessments, which will be published in November 2014, had to be designed and carried out before we could carry out a full consultation, and we weren’t able to wait for the responses to come in first. However, any responses to our public consultation which referred to the 2014 assessment have been considered and we have published our response to those particular comments.

Our full, formal consultation response on the wider PEEL assessments will be published early in 2015.

Read our 2014 response


In March and April 2014, we surveyed the public and local councillors to find out how they get information on police performance.

Read the results of the public survey

Read the results of the local councillors survey

Other consultation

We also consult on the development of PEEL assessments by:

  • asking the HMIC Reference Group (which includes representatives from the Association of Chief Officers (ACPO), the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), the College of Policing, the Home Office, and a number of other national representative bodies) to meet more frequently for the period of our change programme;
  • involving HMIC’s Technical Advisory Group and other practitioners and experts from the police service heavily in developing our methodology;
  • putting in place plans to give all forces and local policing bodies/police and crime commissioners the opportunity to discuss concerns in relation to the new inspection programme, be fully informed about its likely effect, and – most importantly – to work with us to help find an approach in which proportionate demands on forces are balanced with achieving the aim of increasing public understanding of how police forces are performing; and
  • meeting with our advisory board