Police legitimacy 2015 – West Mercia Police
As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s legitimacy programme assessed how legitimate the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime. The inspection focused on whether a force was consistently behaving in a way that is fair, reasonable, effective and lawful, and if it has the consent of the public. HMIC assessed legitimacy at a force level, as well as drawing out overarching themes on a national level which are set out in the national overview.
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The 2015 legitimacy inspection revealed that West Mercia was one of 13 forces which were failing to comply with three or more areas of the Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme. Following a commitment to revisit these 13 forces, HMIC revisited West Mercia Police in 2016. This letter sets out the findings from that re-visit inspection.