Royal Navy Police - an inspection of the performance inspection process published today
In a written ministerial statement laid before Parliament today, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence published HMICFRS’s report into the Royal Navy Police’s performance inspection process.
The Armed Forces Act 2011 places a duty on Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to inspect and report on the independence and effectiveness of investigations carried out by the armed forces’ police services. This is HMICFRS’s second statutory inspection of the Royal Navy Police (RNP) under Section 4 of this act.
This inspection focused on the effectiveness of the policing performance inspections carried out by the RNP into:
- RNP headquarters;
- RNP Special Investigation Branch;
- shore establishments; and
- ship-based units.
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In the written ministerial statement, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, Tobias Ellwood, said:
“I wish to inform the House and that I am laying before the House today the second report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) Inspection of the Royal Navy Police (RNP).
“The Armed Forces Act 2011 places a duty on HMICFRS to inspect and report to the Ministry of Defence on the independence and effectiveness of investigations carried out by each Service police force, and this is HMICFRS second statutory inspection report on the RNP.
“I consider this report to be a very positive endorsement of the RNP providing assurance from an independent civilian authority that the RNP’s Police Performance Inspections (PPI) provide the assurance required that the activity of RNP units meet legal and professional standards. No recommendations were made and only four areas for improvement were identified. The Royal Navy accepts the report’s findings and through the implementation of a revised PPI process, it is considered that all four areas of improvement have now been addressed.”