Behind the frontline

Frontline policing needs to be supported by strong governance, robust processes and procedures. HMICFRS inspects a range of functions including finance, force communications and performance, and use of resources.

PEEL is the programme in which HMICFRS draws together evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. These assessments were introduced so that the public will be able to judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole. PEEL stands for

There are over 200 basic command units (BCUs) in England and Wales. BCUs are local policing areas. They vary in size from over 1,000 officers to just under 100; some serve densely-populated, ethnically-diverse inner cities, while others cover vast tracts of sparsely-populated countryside. What they do share are some key aims and objectives, specifically to work

HMICFR has undertaken a programme of work over a number of years to test whether crimes are being recorded by the police when they should be and categorised correctly. Rolling programme of crime data integrity inspections On Friday 6 November 2015, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Thomas Winsor, wrote to all chief constables and

The process for determining overall graded judgments for the crime data integrity (CDI) programme consists of three stages. These were updated in 2017 to marginally reduce, and broaden, the recording rates required to enable each judgment to be applied; and to separate the 16 judgment criteria of this inspection into three core questions for which

This inspection examined how effective forces are at carrying out the principal functions of the police, namely 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.

Crime recording in Kent – 17 June 2013 The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent commissioned an inspection from HMIC to determine whether the people of Kent can have confidence in Kent Police’s crime figures. Read ‘Crime recording in Kent’ Crime recording in Kent – Interim progress report – 31 January 2014 In February 2013,

The Police Act 1996 Section 44 (2 and 3) states that the Home Secretary can require chief constables of forces in England and Wales to provide statistical data, and that he or she can specify the form in which these data are provided. The Home Secretary uses these powers to require chief constables to provide

In 2007, the Deputy Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) invited HMIC to conduct an inspection of resource leverage. Resource leverage is the way in which organisations maximise their resource capacity and productivity. This is achieved not simply by cutting services or staff but using a full range of approaches including:  accumulating, conserving and concentrating

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. The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment

In December 2006 HMIC inspected Humberside Police and produced a report which considered how the force could improve its performance. The inspection focused on the processes, systems and enablers that are essential for the delivery of effective performance improvement including corporate governance, partnerships, performance management, human resources, finance and strategic issues. As part of the