The first PEEL assessment

On 27 November 2014, we published our first PEEL assessment.

2014 was a transitional year for HMIC, as we developed this new way of reporting to the public on each police force’s performance. Previously, we monitored police force data to spot problems or issues, and carried out inspections on specific subjects, such as domestic abuse. We will not stop looking at these important subjects, or examining police data, but how we report what we find has changed.

Each force has a PEEL assessment, which draws together all the information we have discovered through inspections, monitoring and consultation in the previous 12 months. We use this evidence to produce an assessment of how the force has performed, which in some areas will include a graded judgment of outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate.

The first PEEL assessment was slightly different, as the decision to inspect and report in this new way wasn’t made until mid way through 2014, when many inspections had already taken place. These inspections were not designed to produce a graded judgment. However, we are able to answer six questions, out of a total of 13, with a graded judgment. There is more information below on the questions which were answered as part of PEEL 2014.

Get the methodology

Read the methodology for the 2014 PEEL assessment

Force assessments in 2014

The first PEEL assessment answered the following questions for each police force in England and Wales:

Areas where graded judgments are made


  • How effective is the force at reducing crime and preventing offending?
  • How effective is the force at investigating offending?
  • How effective is the force at tackling anti-social behaviour?


  • To what extent is the force efficient?
  • To what extent is the force taking steps to ensure a secure financial position for the short and long term?
  • To what extent has the force got an affordable way of providing policing?

Areas with a narrative


  • How effective is the force at protecting those at greatest risk of harm?
  • How effective is the force at tackling serious, organised and complex crime?
  • How effective is the force at meeting its commitments under the Strategic Policing Requirement?


  • What are the public perceptions of the force?
  • To what extent does the force respond to calls for service appropriately?
  • To what extent are the data and information provided by the force of a high quality?
  • To what extent does the force ensure that the workforce acts with integrity?

National assessment

The Police Act 1996, requires Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to report each year on his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales. His national assessment of policing was published alongside the PEEL assessments. Its contains details of the performance of all police forces which are not funded by the Home Office, for example, the British Transport Police or the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Read ‘State of policing: the annual assessment of policing in England and Wales 2013/14’