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Surrey 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 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.

Other reports

Last updated 22/02/2016

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

Honour-based violence

Surrey Police is not yet prepared across all areas to protect people from harm from HBV.

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 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

Firearms licensing

The firearms licensing arrangements in Surrey are efficient, effective and legitimate, which means that public safety is being appropriately considered in licensing decisions and Home Office guidance and authorised professional practice applied in most respects.

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Targeting the risk – a national overview of the efficiency and effectiveness of firearms licensing in police forces in England and Wales.

Published: 15 September 2015

Police custody

Police custody in Surrey was making progress in some areas, but needed some further improvements.

Overall, the inspection found that Surrey Police was making progress in some areas but that there were others which required improvement. Immediate attention is required in the treatment of children, and oversight and accountability of the use of force in the custody suite.

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Surrey – Joint inspection of police custody

Published: 24 June 2015

Child protection

Protecting children is one of the most important tasks that the police undertake. The leadership team in Surrey Police is committed to improving service for children. In this inspection HMIC found that although the force has taken steps to improve its child protection arrangements, it still has a long way to go. Our inspection identified some serious failings in the way the force responds to children who need help and protection. We set out four recommendations designed to lead to improvements when implemented.

While not underestimating the scale of the challenge the force faces in improving its service to children, HMIC is encouraged that the leadership team has already taken significant action to address the concerns that we have identified. For example, the force has increased the number of detective constables and sergeants in its safeguarding investigation units, is promoting a comprehensive child sexual exploitation awareness campaign and it has improved its own systems so that staff are better able to identify those who are vulnerable or at risk.

HMIC commends the force for the significant progress that it has made since this inspection. We also recognise that some of the changes will take time to have an effect and there is still considerable work to do. HMIC has therefore asked the force to provide regular updates on its progress in implementing its action plan for improvement.

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Surrey – National child protection inspection

Published: 15 December 2015