Police effectiveness 2015 (Vulnerability) – Bedfordshire Police
As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s effectiveness programme assessed how well forces keep people safe and reduce crime. Within this programme, HMIC’s vulnerability inspection examined the overall question, ‘How effective are forces at protecting from harm those who are vulnerable, and supporting victims?’. We have considered in depth how forces respond to and support missing and absent children and victims of domestic abuse, and assessed how well prepared forces are to respond to and safeguard children at risk of sexual exploitation.
The remaining effectiveness findings and the legitimacy report will be published in Spring 2016. The efficiency inspection was published on 20 October 2015.
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Note: a late submission of information from one force means that the England and Wales domestic violence protection order (DVPO) breach rate is based on data from 36 forces (not 35, as stated in footnote 13).
Bedfordshire was one of four forces HMIC graded as inadequate at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm and supporting victims. HMIC revisited the force in spring 2016 to examine progress against the causes of concern and areas for improvement set out in our PEEL: Police effectiveness 2015 (Vulnerability) – Bedfordshire Police report.