Force management statements

A force management statement (FMS) is a self-assessment that chief constables (and London equivalents) prepare and give to HMICFRS each year.

It is the chief constable’s statement and explanation of:

  • the demand the force expects to face in the next four years;
  • how the force will change and improve its workforce and other assets to cope with that demand;
  • how the force will improve its efficiency to make sure the gap between future demand and future capability is as small as it can reasonably be; and
  • the money the force expects to have to do all this.

For detailed guidance about force management statements, see:

All forces sent us their first FMSs. We reviewed each FMS and used the statements to inform the Integrated PEEL Assessment inspections that began in autumn 2018.

The review of FMSs also helped HMICFRS to develop our approach to FMS for 2019. We made changes to the process, template and guidance for 2019 where necessary. Forces will send us their second FMSs soon.

Over the coming months, HMICFRS will hold workshops with forces, the NPCC, and other interested parties so that the police service continues to have a direct input as the FMS processes develop.

Why we need the FMS

We need the information in the FMS for the purposes of our inspections of forces’ efficiency and effectiveness.

All forces need to have reliable and accessible information on current and future demand, assets (especially asset condition and capability) and resources. They use that information in their decision-making, including decisions about improving efficiency and effectiveness, and how they will duly observe the police and crime plan of their local policing body (police and crime commissioners and their London and Manchester mayoral equivalents).

We recognise that there may be limits to forces’ ability to assess future demand and the capability of their assets accurately. Hardly any prediction is perfect. But forces should have good methods of assessing future needs and how they will meet them. As they continue to develop, FMSs will help a great deal with this.

In each year, it is necessary that chief constables provide the best available information in their FMSs. If they have reservations about the completeness or quality of the information provided, they have been asked to say so.

The FMS will help identify which areas of a force’s activities present the greatest risks to the public. This will in turn inform what inspections HMICFRS needs to do in the future and how intensive they will need to be.