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.

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HMICFRS has published the latest Value for Money profiles, which provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities for each police force in England and Wales.

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Police forces and the National Crime Agency are generally effective at tackling cyber-dependent crime, according to a new report. However, there are too many local variations in the response to a national threat.

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HMICFRS has launched a consultation which welcomes views on our proposed fire and rescue services inspection programme and framework for the coming year. The consultation is open until Friday 29 November 2019.

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Criminal justice inspectors found positive features in Durham Police custody suites, including a respectful attitude to detainees and a strong focus on keeping children out of custody.

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.

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.

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

Matt Parr, CB

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

Phil Gormley, QPM

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