Hertfordshire PEEL 2015
How well has the force performed in our other inspections?
In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMIC carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections (for instance, our 2016 leadership assessment); others are joint inspections.
Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.
This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of Hertfordshire Constabulary.
Honour-based violence (HBV)
Hertfordshire Constabulary is not yet prepared to protect people from harm from HBV.
The constabulary has prepared its leadership and governance structures to support its ability to identify and respond to cases of HBV.
The constabulary is prepared in respect of its awareness and understanding of HBV, and ensures that its officers and staff recognise, understand and identify victims from the first point of contact.
The constabulary is not yet prepared in respect of the levels of protection to be offered to victims of HBV.
The constabulary is not yet prepared in respect of enforcement against perpetrators of HBV. The constabulary is not yet prepared to prevent offences occurring.
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The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes – a national overview of forces’ preparedness to deal with honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Published: 8 December 2015
Police custody in Hertfordshire had made progress in some areas, although some improvements were also needed.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has had some significant successes: effective work with partners has meant that police cells have not been used as a place of safety under the mental health act; the appropriate adult service for children and vulnerable adults was good, although it needed to be sufficiently available at night; and good use was made of video court facilities in some suites. Interactions between individual staff and detainees were good. Good use of alternatives to detention were made when appropriate. Other areas needed greater management oversight and monitoring. Alternatives to detention for children were not sufficiently pursued, use of force and anti-rip clothing were not adequately managed and the management of the health service was weak.
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Published: 10 November 2015