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Bedfordshire PEEL 2015

Other inspections

How well has the force performed in our other inspections?

In addition to the three core PEEL pillars, HMICFRS carries out inspections of a wide range of policing activity throughout the year. Some of these are conducted alongside the PEEL inspections; others are joint inspections.

Findings from these inspections are published separately to the main PEEL reports, but are taken into account when producing the rounded assessment of each force's performance.


Last updated 25/02/2016

As part of HMIC’s annual all-force inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) in 2015, HMIC assessed how well led forces are at every rank and grade of the organisation and across all areas inspected in PEEL. We reviewed how well a force understands and is developing its leaders; whether it has set a clear and compelling future direction; and how well it motivates and engages the workforce.

Bedfordshire Police has some leadership strengths, and the new chief constable has articulated a clear vision for future improvements. The force has a clear sense of its strategic direction and this can be seen through its work to introduce a new policing model and its strong approach to collaboration with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

HMIC found recent improvements in the way the force manages the performance of police staff and officers, with the introduction of a refreshed performance review system. However, the force does not as yet have a way of identifying and developing talented staff and officers for promotion nor does it have a leadership programme in place.

Questions for Leadership


How well does the force have a clear understanding of the current state of its leadership at every level?