How HMICFRS works with PCCs and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

HMICFRS inspects and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces, as well as specified national policing agencies such as the National Crime Agency.

This section gives information about how we work with PCCs. Click on the links to find out more about how we:

For information on the legislation which underpins each of these functions, see our business plan, which also outlines our programme of work for 2016/17.

Provide links to PCC comments on published reports

PCCs have a duty in law to comment on any HMICFRS report which includes information on their force, and to publish these along with any comments submitted by their Chief Officer. PCCs must send a copy of their published comments to the Home Secretary and HMICFRS.

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Provide useful, comparable, actionable information

HMICFRS publishes independent and authoritative information on the whole breadth of policing activity.

We conduct annual all-force inspections where forces are assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. They are judged as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate on these categories (or pillars) based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majesty’s Inspectors’ (HMIs) professional judgment across the year.

To see what information we hold on your force, select it from the map on the home page. You can also see all the reports we’ve published (since 2005) in our publications section.

These include reports we’ve published jointly with the inspectorates of prisons, probation and the Crown Prosecution Service, which focus on issues that cut across the criminal justice system.

These reports therefore offer a more rounded look at the criminal justice system in your area. Read more about HMICFRS’ joint inspection work.

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Conduct commissioned inspections

In all but exceptional cases, we will only carry out policing inspections additional to our business plan commitments if commissioned to do so either by the Home Secretary (as was the case, for instance, with our 2014 report on domestic abuse) or by a PCC. In some circumstances we may also inspect if we judge there is an enduring risk to the public.

HMICFRS has the experience and knowledge to inspect any area of policing. PCCs that wish to commission an HMICFRS inspection should, in the first instance contact their regional HM Inspector. Their contact details are on each force page; choose your force from the map on the home page.

Before accepting a commission from a PCC we will discuss the requirements and the scope of the inspection with them. Standard terms including duration and estimated cost will be agreed before we proceed. HMICFRS will publish the findings from all inspections commissioned by PCCs.

All HMICFRS police reports are published following an inspection, unless they include information that might jeopardise a person’s safety or breach national security.

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Assist (on request) in chief constable recruitment

Since 22 November 2012, PCCs are responsible for appointing the chief constable for their area. Just as HMICFRS used to provide police authorities with an independent, professional assessment of the relative merits of individual applications, we will be available to assist PCCs with their search for suitable candidates or to offer our advice.

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Assist (on request) in identifying complaint investigators

HMICFRS has a statutory duty to ensure we are kept informed of all complaints and misconduct in a police force. If a PCC decides a complaint is of a nature that does not need referring to the Independent Office for Police Conduct but is not suitable for local resolution, they will be able to ask us to identify another force to investigate. Again, this is a continuation of the way we previously worked with police authorities.

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Sit on misconduct panels for chief constables and other senior ranks

Our HM Inspectors will sit on misconduct and appeals panels for chief constables and other senior officers.

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Produce a report if the PCC is proposing to call upon a chief constable to retire or resign

If a PCC is seeking to remove a chief constable, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary will provide a written report to the PCC, chief constable and Police and Crime Panel.

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