HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
Dru Sharpling, CBE

Dru Sharpling


In 1997, Dru, a barrister, was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for Central Casework in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the forerunner of the Casework Directorate. This role involved dealing with serious and sensitive cases, including substantial fraud, terrorism, breaches of the Official Secrets Act, extradition and confiscation.

She left the CPS in 1999 to work in the City as an associate with Penningtons, a well-established firm of solicitors covering corporate, private client and commercial property work, as well as public administrative law.

In June 2002, Dru rejoined the CPS as Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London Area.

Dru took up the position of HM Inspector of Constabulary in September 2009 and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services in July 2017 when our remit was extended to include those services.

Since joining HMICFRS, Dru has continued her commitment to improving the criminal justice response to vulnerable people by publishing a number of reports highlighting areas of concern. Notably, ‘Stop the Drift’ in October 2010, an examination of 21st century criminal justice and ‘Forging the Links’ in February 2012, examining rape investigation and prosecution, have been recognised as significant pieces of work which continue to influence practice in these areas.

Dru has now been appointed to the Independent Enquiry on Child Sexual Abuse as a panel member.

Dru has an avid interest in music and plays the piano and double bass.

Regional role for fire & rescue services

Dru Sharpling is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Fire & Rescue Services for the South Eastern Region and deals with the following fire & rescue services:

  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
  • Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
  • West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service