West Midlands 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 West Midlands Police.
Honour-based violence (HBV)
West Midlands Police is 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 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
West Midlands Police is making progress on how it protects children, but there are still areas for improvement.
It is clear from this follow-up inspection that West Midlands Police has made progress in particular areas since our initial inspection. We were encouraged to find a clear commitment to improving child protection services, which is reflected in the significant increase in officers and staff in public protection units. We also found good examples of investigations by the force, particularly when children were identified as being at further risk of immediate harm.
Despite these encouraging signs, there is still work the force needs to do to improve as child sexual exploitation is still dealt with inconsistently across the force area, although the situation is getting better. The response to children who regularly go missing from home also requires further improvement, although inspectors were pleased to see that in most cases officers and staff understood the link between children who regularly go missing and sexual exploitation.
Published: 15 December 2015