Crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time
This inspection examined how effective forces are at carrying out the principal functions of the police. These functions are crime prevention and how the police respond to crimes and incidents, including how the police investigate crime and bring offenders to justice. Also, we examined how forces are freeing up time for their staff to focus more of their energies and skills in these areas.
Evidence for this inspection came from more than 800 interviews in forces, as well as more than 160 focus groups of operational officers and staff. We spoke to professionals and specialists across these areas of policing, and we commissioned independent public survey and focus group work.
The report ‘Core Business: an inspection into crime prevention, police attendance and the use of police time’ sets out our inspection findings. We will continue to inspect these areas of policing and have recommended that significant improvements be made by the service as a matter of urgency.
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Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.