HMICFRS’s 2020/21 policing inspection programme and framework: for consultation


This consultation asks for your views on HMICFRS’s proposed policing inspection programme for 2020/21.

Please note: The deadline for this consultation has been extended indefinitely following the decision to suspend inspections due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A new date will be introduced once we return to business as usual.

The proposed policing inspection programme comprises:

  • PEEL assessments;
  • national thematic inspections;
  • commissions from the Home Secretary, and police and crime commissioners and other local policing bodies;
  • inspections of other national law enforcement agencies;
  • joint inspections;

In particular, you are invited to respond to the following questions:

  1. Do the proposed thematic inspections – of child protection; investigating and prosecuting rape cases; the multi-agency response to suspects and offenders who have mental ill health; serious youth violence; and how well policing responds to two threat areas within the Strategic Policing Requirement, namely serious and organised crime (SOC), specifically through the activity of regional organised crime units, and public order – cover areas that are of most concern to you at the moment?
  2. Are there any significant new or emerging problems in policing that HMICFRS should take into account in our inspection activity?
  3. How else could HMICFRS adapt the way in which we acquire information, to take account of current circumstances and risks to public safety?

This year, we are also consulting on changes to the PEEL inspection programme. The details of our new approach can be found in Annexes A and B in the consultation document. We welcome your views on these further questions:

  1. What do you think of the proposed approach to assessing police forces in PEEL 2020/21 (Annex A)? How could this be improved?
  2. Does the draft inspection methodology (Annex B) include the right inspection areas to gather evidence for a rounded assessment of police forces? How could this be improved?
  3. Do you agree with the proposal to make judgments based on the characteristics of ‘Good’, causes of concern and areas for improvement?
  4. Do you agree with the proposal to provide judgments at the core question level only?
  5. Which of our proposals, four or five tiers of judgments, do you think will most promote improvements in policing?
  6. Do you have any comments on our proposed approach to inspecting partnership and collaboration arrangements?

How to respond

Please submit your answers to these questions, together with any other comments, by email to the consultation mailbox (e-mail address).

If you prefer, you can post responses to the Chief Operating Officer:
6th floor Globe House
89 Eccleston Square

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