26 February 2012National Preventive Mechanism annual report

The third annual report of the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism is published today, giving an overview of the state of detention in prisons, police custody, court cells, customs custody facilities, children’s secure accommodation, immigration, military and mental health detention.

Read the third annual report of the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism (PDF, 2.1MB, new window) (PDF document)

26 November 2012Inspection of Historical Enquiries Team


HMIC has been commissioned by the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland to carry out an inspection of the policies and procedures of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET). HMIC is currently conducting this inspection and will report its findings to the Department of Justice in 2013.

Read the HET Inspection’s terms of reference.

07 November 2012Jimmy Savile: Home Secretary’s commission

In response to the seriousness and scale of the allegations of child abuse by the late Jimmy Savile, the Home Secretary has formally commissioned HMIC to review the recording and investigation of these and related allegations by police forces across England and Wales. This work will take place in addition to HMIC’s ongoing programme of work on child protection.

01 October 2012Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary

Tom Winsor joins HMIC today as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

Read his profile in the Who we are section.

26 September 2012Lessons learned report – Wiltshire Police

This review was undertaken at the request of Wiltshire Police Authority following the death of Wiltshire Deputy Chief Constable David Ainsworth on 22 March 2011. It has been designed to identify and learn lessons from the management of events both leading up to and following the death of Mr Ainsworth.

Read the review

19 September 2012HMRC report published today

Between December 2011 and April 2012, HMIC conducted an inspection of the way in which Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) identifies and deals with the risk that it faces from internal fraud and corruption. The report highlights strengths, work in progress and areas for improvement, and makes nine recommendations.

HMRC’s management of internal fraud and corruption

11 September 2012Sir Denis O’Connor’s valedictory lecture

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Denis O’Connor presented his valedictory lecture this evening to the Policy Exchange. The lecture, entitled ‘The Importance of a Plan to Win’, is available to download below.

Download the written speech (not as delivered) (PDF, 329KB, new window) (PDF document)

27 July 2012Preparing for police and crime commissioners

On 15 November 2012, elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will be held across England and Wales. PCCs will hold chief constables to account for policing in their force area on behalf of the public. New police and crime panels will scrutinise the actions and decisions of each PCC and make sure information is available for the public, enabling them to hold the PCC to account. Police authorities will cease to exist.

Between April and June 2012, HMIC made an interim assessment of how prepared police authorities are for the transition to PCCs. Our report, Preparing for Police and Crime Commissioners, can be found in the police authority inspections section of this website, along with individual authority reports.

16 July 2012HMIC Business Plan 2012/13

HMIC has today published the Business Plan for 2012/13, following consultation with stakeholders and the public. Alongside the Business Plan we have also published a document setting out our new approach to monitoring forces in England and Wales.

08 June 2012Chief Inspector speaks at the Hay Festival

Sir Denis today chaired a discussion at the Hay Festival. The session was titled ‘Crime prevention tends to be driven by emotion rather than an objective consideration of the facts. How can evidence-based policing reduce crime?’.

28 March 2012Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to retire

Sir Denis O’Connor will retire on 31 July as HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, the Home Secretary announced today.

He will leave after more than three years in the role at HMIC.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“I would like to thank Sir Denis O’Connor for his dedication and commitment to HMIC, both as inspector and chief inspector, during the past eight years.

“His expertise and knowledge have been invaluable in enabling the Inspectorate to continue to deliver an efficient and independent inspection programme during many challenges and changes in the policing landscape.

“I would also like to commend him for his dedicated, long-standing and exemplary service to wider policing in England and Wales.”

Sir Denis spent five years as an Inspector of Constabulary before being promoted to Chief Inspector in 2009. Prior to joining the Inspectorate, Sir Denis was Chief Constable of Surrey police between 2000 and 2004.

A new appointment to the post will be made later this year.

19 January 2012Her Majesty’s Inspector announced

HMIC has been advised by the Home Office that Stephen Otter, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Denis O’Connor said:

“I am delighted to welcome Stephen Otter to HMIC. He is a well-respected chief officer and a leading exponent of change and improvement in policing and I look forward to working with him in the near future as the new National HMI.”

03 November 2011Crown Prosecution Service: the introduction of the Streamlined Process

A joint report by the National Audit Office, HMIC and the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate found that an initiative to cut the amount of paperwork in prosecution files can reduce the time burden on police forces. But there are wide differences between individual forces in how far they are complying with the guidance and lack of awareness among police officers about what to include in the files.

Read the full report on the NAO website

19 October 2011Publication of ‘Undercover Tactics in Public Order and Extremism’

Our report, Undercover Tactics in Public Order and Extremism, was due to be published on Thursday 20 October. However, in light of the allegations in the media today, we are delaying this launch. This is so we can consider the relevance of this information to the recommendations for improvement in undercover policing tactics that we are making in our review.

We will be writing to the Guardian and Newsnight to invite them to provide any additional information they may have on top of that published today.

16 August 2011Policing public order

In a speech today the Home Secretary said ‘Many people in the room today will know that HMIC have been reviewing public order policing since 2009. Their last report, published earlier this year, established that we are in a new era of public order policing – one that is faster moving and more unpredictable – and that police tactics will have to be as adaptable as possible to keep up.

Following last week’s events, I have written to Sir Denis O’Connor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, and asked him to provide clearer information to forces about the size of deployments, the need for mutual aid, pre-emptive action, public order tactics, the number of officers trained in public order policing, and an appropriate arrests policy.’

Read Policing Public Order report

18 July 2011Home Secretary’s announcement

On 18 July 2011 the Home Secretary made an oral statement to Parliament about the Metropolitan Police Service when she stated that “current allegations about phone hacking are not, unfortunately, the only recent example of alleged corruption in the police service.”

On 20 July 2011 HMIC was formally commissioned by the Home Secretary to consider instances of undue influence, inappropriate contractual arrangements and other abuses of power in police relationships with the media and other parties and to make recommendations about what needs to be done.

Review of police service integrity – terms of reference