HMICFRS strategy 2021–25

Published on: 15 June 2021

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) provides the public and their elected representatives with independent assessments of the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and fire and rescue services. Through our programmes of inspections, we assess what is working well and what needs to improve, both locally and nationally, in order to help improve the service provided to the public.

We are an inspectorate, not a regulator. We do not have regulatory powers of intervention, direction and enforcement, except in connection with our rights to require the provision of information. Our power is in the quality of our inspections and our reports, in our authority, and in our voice. We use that authority and voice to promote improvements in policing and fire and rescue services to make everyone safer. This strategy sets out how we intend to use that authority and voice.

This document provides details of our HMICFRS strategy for 2021-2025. This revised strategy explains what HMICFRS aims to achieve as we fulfil our statutory objectives, and how we will continue to go about using our powers, insight and influence to best effect over the coming years.

Our strategic objectives are as follows:

  1. Focus on public value
  2. Adopt smarter system
  3. Capitalise on our independent insight and learning
  4. Be more proactive in responding to major changes

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