State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2019

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 May 2019 and March 2020.

This year’s assessment starts with initial observations on the quality of the police response to the public health emergency created by COVID-19, and the wider demands the police faced during 2019.

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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 May 2019 and March 2020, as well as the findings and reports of other organisations, and other information and analysis available to him.

Part 2

This part gives an overview of the findings of the inspections we carried out between 3 May 2019 and 30 March 2020, including a summary of our police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) inspections.

Part 3

This sets out the full list of our inspections and other work. The results of our individual inspections enable an assessment of the performance of individual forces, or a more general assessment of performance in specific aspects of policing.

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State of Policing: Foreword (file: 0.2 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 1 (file: 1.0 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 2 (file: 6.0 MB) (PDF document)

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

State of Policing: Annexes (file: 7.0 MB) (PDF document)

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State of Policing: Foreword (file: 0.2 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 1 (file: 0.5 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 2 (file: 0.7 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Part 3 (file: 0.2 MB) (PDF document)

State of Policing: Annexes (file: 0.3 MB) (PDF document)

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State of Policing press release 2019

This is a revised version of a report which was presented to Parliament on 2 July 2020 during the 2019-21 parliamentary session.

The revision takes out an error in an explanation of the relationship between two sources of police funding for the recruitment of police officers

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