Crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time
This inspection examined how effective forces are at carrying out the principal functions of the police, namely crime prevention and how the police respond to crimes and incidents, including how the police investigate crime and bring offenders to justice. Also, we examined how forces are freeing up time for their staff to focus more of their energies and skills in these areas.
Evidence for this inspection came from more than 800 interviews in forces, as well as more than 160 focus groups of operational officers and staff. We spoke to professionals and specialists across these particular areas of activity, and we commissioned independent public survey and focus group work.
The report ‘Core Business: an inspection into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time’ sets out HMIC’s inspection findings. HMIC will continue to inspect these areas of policing and has made recommendations that significant improvements be made by the service as a matter of urgency.