Nottinghamshire PEEL 2015
How well has the force performed in our other inspections?
In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMICFRS 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 Nottinghamshire Police.
Honour-based violence (HBV)
Nottinghamshire 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 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
Nottinghamshire Police is making some progress on how it protects children, but there are still important areas for improvement.
Since our initial inspection in September 2014, Nottinghamshire Police has made a clear commitment to improving the services it provides to children. In particular, it has improved procedures for considering children’s welfare when attending domestic abuse incidents, and improved the supervision of missing children cases.
Despite this commitment, there are still some areas that the force needs to improve upon. We were concerned to find that non-specialist staff were investigating cases without receiving the training they need to manage these effectively. We also found examples of poor supervision of investigations leading to unacceptable delays, which can leave opportunities for perpetrators to continue offending. For example, one case we looked at concerned the investigation into a 14-year-old girl’s sexual relationship with a 21-year-old man. It took six months for the initial investigation work to be completed, and a significant delay before the suspect was arrested. During this period, two further offences relating to the suspect, involving the exchange of indecent images with other teenage children, were reported to other forces.
On a more positive note, we were pleased to find that, following our recommendations in February 2015, the force had taken steps to ensure that children were not detained in custody under section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Although this is to be commended, the force still has not reduced the number of children being detained unnecessarily in police custody overnight when they should have been transferred to alternative accommodation. This still needs to improve.
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Published: 11 February 2015
Published: 4 February 2016