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Police forces are committed to sustaining and improving the trust and confidence of the public, but they risk damage to their relationships with local communities by continuing to be unable to demonstrate fair use of stop and search, according to a report released today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

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As part of our annual inspections of police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMICFRS assessed how legitimate police forces are at keeping people safe and reducing crime. The press releases that accompany this publication are set out on this page.

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In the light of the recent statements by some retired police officers in connection with material allegedly found on a computer in the parliamentary office of Mr Damien Green MP, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor issued this statement.

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 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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