State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2018

Summary

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. It contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales based on the inspections we carried out between April 2018 and May 2019.

In 2018/19, we are making our fourth complete PEEL assessment of police forces in England and Wales. PEEL considers the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces, and assess their legitimacy (that is, how they behave and treat people). These inspections give a comprehensive analysis of how each police force in England and Wales has performed. Findings from the first batch of the 2018/19 assessments, and from the 2017 assessments for the remaining 29 forces, inform this report.

This report also gives an overview of the findings from our child protection inspections and our specialist inspections, including our inspections of non-Home Office forces.

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Content summary

This report is in three parts.

Part 1

This section contains Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s assessment of the state of policing in England and Wales. It draws on the inspections we carried out between April 2018 and May 2019, as well as the findings and reports of other organisations, and other information and analysis available to him. The themes are applicable to the police service as a whole, and to every police force in England and Wales.

Part 2

This section provides an overview of the findings from all the inspections we have conducted this year:

  • our PEEL inspections;
  • our child protection inspections;
  • our specialist inspections; and
  • non-inspection publications.

Part 3

This sets out the full list of our inspections and other work.

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State of Policing: Foreword (file: 0.1 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 1 (file: 0.7 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 2 (file: 3.3 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 3 (file: 0.5 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Annexes (file: 6.9 MB) (PDF document)

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