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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  —  Large-scale policing, Police ethics and accountability, Specific reviews

In 2010, information about the activities of Mark Kennedy, a police officer working undercover for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU), led to the collapse of the trial of six people accused of planning to shut down a large power station in Ratcliffe-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire. This resulted in us announcing a review of the systems

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

The summer riots of 2011 once again focused attention on the way police use stop and search powers. As a result of this renewed concern, in December 2011 the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to carry out an inspection into the use of stop and search legislation by police forces in England and Wales. The objectives

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability

In our June 2013 report A review of progress made against the recommendations in HMIC’s 2012 report on the national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest, we noted that: As a result of the HMIC 2012 report, there is now much tighter governance of domestic extremism undercover policing. But this is

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability

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. Value for money inspections Policing in Austerity programme In the October 2010 spending review, the

Our Work  —  Police ethics and accountability

The value for money (VfM) profiles provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas? It is important to note that the profiles