Hertfordshire PEEL 2016
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.
Police leadership is crucial in enabling a force to be effective, efficient and legitimate. This inspection focused on how a force understands, develops and displays leadership through its organisational development.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has a good understanding of leadership and communicates the expectations of its leaders clearly throughout the organisation. It involved the whole workforce in developing ‘The Herts Way’ (its statement of how it will police the county), which contains a specific focus on leadership. The force provides officers and staff at all levels with extensive opportunities to develop their leadership skills and looks for new ideas by exchanging information with other forces and by commissioning research.
Although the senior team in Hertfordshire Constabulary has a clear understanding of diversity in the context of protected characteristics, such as age, disability, or gender reassignment, there are not enough black and minority ethnic (BME) people in the workforce, particularly in middle and senior management roles. In contrast, the gender balance at these levels is good. The force would benefit from adopting a wider definition of diversity, to include background, skills, experience, and personality types, to support the creation of more effective leadership teams.