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HMICFRS is encouraged by the progress Cumbria Constabulary has made in improving how it protects children, and is assured of the continuing commitment of the constabulary to making further improvements.

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HMICFRS has found that while some improvements have been made to how Cleveland Police protects children, it needs to take further action (in some areas as a matter of urgency) to strengthen its safeguarding practice in order to protect adequately those children most at risk.

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Inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and HM Inspectorate of Probation carried out joint inspections of six areas in England, to evaluate the multi-agency response to cases of domestic abuse.

Our purpose

To promote improvements in policing and fire & rescue services to make everyone safer.

Our role

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and fire & rescue services – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions that citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence and make recommendations for improvement.

We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their police force – and, in future, their fire & rescue service – against others. Our evidence is used to drive improvements in the services they provide to the public.

Who we are

Sir Thomas Winsor

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and HM Chief Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Zoë Billingham

HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Mike Cunningham QPM

HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Matt Parr, CB

HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Dru Sharpling CBE

HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Wendy Williams

HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

Our work

The public want the police and fire & rescue services (FRSs) to succeed in their duties to keep people safe and secure. It is in the public interest that the quality of policing and fire & rescue in England, Wales and Northern Ireland keeps improving.

At HMICFRS, we inspect, monitor and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the police and FRSs with the aim of encouraging improvement.

By providing accessible information on the performance of forces and FRSs, we allow their public, and peers, to see how they are doing. This will place pressure on those forces and FRSs requiring improvement in aspects of policing and fire & rescue to raise their game.

Who we inspect

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

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