HMIC plans a new programme of regular force inspections

In a written ministerial statement (PDF document) laid this morning (Wednesday 18 December), the Policing Minister, Damian Green, announced that in 2014/15 HMIC will commence “a new annual programme of all-force inspections”.

HMIC welcomes this decision. Together with our thematic work, this new programme will give the public a clear and reliable picture of how their force compares with other forces, and whether or not there has been improvement in its performance over time. The new inspections (in every force, and conducted every year) will concentrate on how well each force is cutting crime; providing a service that is fair; and providing value for money.

Planning for the new inspections has now begun (and will be consulted on widely), with more information on this made available soon.