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.

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline

Basic command units (BCUs) are local policing areas in England and Wales. NB – not all forces have BCUs as some use local policing units or operational districts. BCUs 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

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Police ethics and accountability, Policing on the beat

Between 2015 and 2020, HMICFRS carried out a programme of work to test whether crimes were being recorded by the police when they should be and categorised correctly. Rolling programme of crime data integrity inspections After 55 inspections and follow-up reviews, this rolling programme concluded. We will continue to examine how police forces record and

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Police ethics and accountability, Policing on the beat

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 needed to enable each judgment to be applied. We also separated the 16 judgment criteria of this inspection into three core questions for which

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Policing on the beat

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.

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Police ethics and accountability, Policing on the beat, Specific reviews

Crime recording in Kent – 17 June 2013 The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent commissioned an inspection 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

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Police ethics and accountability, Policing on the beat

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. He or she can also specify the form in which these data are given. The Home Secretary uses these powers to require chief constables to give regular

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, International and specialist agencies

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) – formerly Gangmasters Licensing Authority – operates a licensing scheme, regulating businesses to protect workers in: agriculture horticulture shellfish-gathering and associated processing and packaging industries. In 2017, the GLAA gained additional responsibilities and certain powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. These powers allow the GLAA

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Specific reviews

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

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline

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

Our Work  —  Behind the frontline, Police ethics and accountability, Policing on the beat, Protecting people from violence and abuse

Since 2014, the police efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy (PEEL) programme has assessed the performance of all 43 police forces in England and Wales. We continuously adapt our approach. In 2021/22 we have made the most significant changes yet, having moved to a more intelligence-led, continual assessment approach, rather than the annual PEEL inspections we did