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Police ethics and accountability

Policing by consent requires the police service to act ethically and be accountable to the public it serves. HMICFRS inspects police ethics and accountability, including the actions of undercover police officers.

HMIC’s report, Policing in Austerity: Meeting the challenge, published in July 2014, called for an open and constructive debate across policing, so that the fundamental aspects of how policing is organised and resourced in the future could be examined. This debate will take place on 5 March 2015. The National Debate Advisory Group has brought

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

Following a full review of findings from the 2013 inspection, HMIC has produced this compendium, which brings together interesting, practical examples of how forces are approaching the budget reductions. Many of the examples include more innovative practices such as transforming call handing procedures, collaboration between forces and the implementation of new technologies. Read ‘Policing in

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

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 our report, Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge, we made a judgment as to the extent to which each force provides value for money in the context of current spending constraints. We rated each force in one of the following categories: outstanding; good; requires improvement; or inadequate. The grade characteristics provide an indication of

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

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. In our 2014/15 inspection programme, HMIC committed to carry out an inspection of police integrity