Police integrity and corruption

Part of: Police ethics and accountability

In our 2014/15 inspection programme, HMIC committed to carry out an inspection of police integrity and leadership. In March 2014, the Home Secretary asked HMIC to look at the anti-corruption capability of forces as part of this inspection, including the ability of professional standards departments to gather regular, actionable, intelligence on corruption matters.

In April 2014, the Home Secretary wrote again to HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in relation to reports into past investigations of corruption carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service, and asked that these reports be considered fully in this inspection.

This report sets out our findings, and considers previous counter-corruption work in the Metropolitan Police Service.

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.

Get the report

Integrity matters: An inspection of arrangements to ensure integrity and to provide the capability to tackle corruption in policing

Get the literature review

Police integrity and corruption – literature review, by Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics & Political Science (PDF document, 724 kB)

Force reports

Reports for each force in England and Wales were published on 27 November 2014, as part of HMIC’s PEEL assessments.

Get the force reports

Read the police integrity and corruption force reports.