Suffolk 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.
Suffolk Constabulary has made good progress in addressing the issues we identified in HMIC’s 2015 Leadership inspection. The force has sought the views of its workforce in setting clear expectations of what it requires from its leaders and now needs to ensure that these are understood and adopted throughout the workforce.
The force, together with Norfolk Constabulary, has revised and recently relaunched its leadership and development programme. This aims to ensure annual staff appraisals are consistent and fair, and to ensure the force has strong leadership, identifies talent and develops its employees to be the best they can be.
Suffolk Constabulary has a strong focus on establishing what works through its evidence-based policing programme and learns from the experience of other forces. Most, though not all, staff we spoke with felt that new ideas were listened to and implemented quickly at the local level.
The chief officer team within Suffolk Constabulary understands that diversity in leadership teams concerns more than protected characteristics in the context of age, disability, or gender reassignment, and considers the experience, skills and development needs of senior leaders when deciding the composition of senior leadership teams. The force intends to use the newly revised leadership and development programme to assess the leadership capability throughout the organisation.