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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News article  —  National Crime Agency  — 

Today we published a report into the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) relationship with the regional organised crime unit (ROCU) network.

News article  —  Greater Manchester  — 

In July 2020 HM Inspector Phil Gormley wrote to the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to inform the force of our intention to carry out a Victim Service Assessment.

News article  — 

The Home Secretary has commissioned HMICFRS to review the governance and progress of London Fire Brigade’s action plan to implement the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report.

News article  —  Avon and Somerset, Bedfordshire, British Transport Police, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, City of London, Cleveland, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Durham, Dyfed-Powys, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Metropolitan, Norfolk, North Wales, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, Nottinghamshire, Police Service of Northern Ireland, South Wales, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley, Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire  — 

In March 2020 we suspended all inspection work requiring appreciable contributions from police forces and fire and rescue services, to enable them to focus on the COVID-19 response. We resumed inspections in September.

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

Wendy Williams

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