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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.

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability

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

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability

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

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, 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  —  Police ethics and accountability

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

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability

In October 2021, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services was commissioned by the Home Secretary to carry out a thematic inspection of police vetting and counter-corruption arrangements in England and Wales.

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability, Specific reviews

In August 2021, the Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire &  Rescue Services to undertake a thematic inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) following the independent panel review of the MPS’s handling of the investigation into Daniel Morgan’s murder.

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