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Metropolitan PEEL 2015

Other inspections

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 2015 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.

Other reports

This section sets out the reports published by HMIC this year that help to better understand the performance of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Honour-based violence (HBV)

The Metropolitan Police Service is not yet prepared to protect people from harm from HBV, particularly the most vulnerable, and support victims.

The force has prepared its leadership and governance structures in order to support its ability to identify and respond to cases of HBV.

The force 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 force is prepared in respect of the levels of protection to be offered to victims of HBV.

The force is not yet prepared in respect of enforcement against perpetrators of HBV. The force 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

Implementation of a planned new structure for police custody in the Metropolitan Police Service should support standardisation and improvements in Barnet, Brent and Harrow.

Our unannounced inspection took place as the Metropolitan Police Service was reorganising custody provision across London boroughs into seven clusters. The proposed single custody-specific command structure is intended to ensure consistency across the MPS. This may also offer the opportunity for co-ordination and strategic planning of pan-London services and partnerships supporting local initiatives which improve services to detainees.

On this inspection we found custody staff were courteous and polite to detainees but there were often long delays in the booking-in process, with some vulnerable people enduring long waits in vans and van dock areas. Health provision was generally effective although there were long delays in access to healthcare. We were concerned about the lack of oversight by senior staff in the use of force in custody. Too many detainees stayed in detention longer than necessary because of factors such as delays in acquiring an appropriate adult and a lack of focus on case progression.

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Barnet, Brent and Harrow – Joint inspection of police custody

Published: 2 June 2015