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Shortage of investigators

We found that the police service has 17 percent fewer investigators than it needs. Most forces have a substantial shortage in qualified detectives and other investigators. This constitutes a continuing national crisis.
It will take time to address this crisis. The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on investigative resilience has made a strong start in analysing why this is the case. He has also recommended what national bodies and individual forces should do about it.

It is vital that all chief constables act on these recommendations so that there is a nationally co-ordinated and planned response. We will keep monitoring the extent to which investigative capacity and capability meet demand in the integrated PEEL assessment in 2018.

Recommendation 2

By September 2018, all forces with a shortage in qualified detectives and/or other investigators should develop an action plan. The plan should set out in detail what the force will do to address the shortage in the short, medium and long term. It should be in line with the national plan to develop investigative capacity and capability that all chief constables in England and Wales have agreed.

This plan should draw on the information in the force management statement about:

• the investigative demand the force expects to face in the next four years; and • how the force will change and improve the condition, capacity, capability, serviceability, performance and security of supply of its workforce and other assets to cope with that demand.

To make sure the plans are consistent, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on investigative resilience has agreed to provide advice on the areas each plan should cover by April 2018.

[on]22nd March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]17th August 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]17th August 2018 [comment]

I will further review the status of this recommendation on receipt of further progress udpates from the force.

[/comment][/on][on]2nd November 2018 [comment]

The force has in place and has provided me with a copy of its Investigative Resilience Local Action Plan. A full review of establishment was completed in April 2017 when the Force moved to a new Directorate model. This included the creation of a new succession planning document highlighting vacancies and training gaps. A monthly update is provided by the HR Business Partner to the SLT showing current positions. There is a standing agenda item at the fortnightly SLT meeting where establishment control and succession planning is discussed. The aspiration of the Investigations Directorate is to move to a position where all Constable posts are DC posts and trained to PIP level 2, rather than the current 80% model.Work was completed to map vacancies across all Departments, including regional collaborations, over a one, three and five year period to aid succession planning. This exercise will be repeated each year with additional awareness of any uplift in new posts as a result of external or PTF funding. Ongoing steps have been taken to reduce sickness levels of detectives and this is proving successful with an 8% reduction over a 12 month rolling period. The force has a comprehensive programme of training and initiatives to increase its level of investigative capability.I have asked the force for evidence to demonstrate that it has carried out work to identify the investigative demand the force expects to face in the next four years and that the enhanced capacity and capability of the investigative workforce will match that demand.

[/comment][/on][on]22nd February 2019 [comment]

The force has a viable plan to address the shortage of detectives in the short, medium and long term. The plan is in line with the national plan to develop investigative capacity and capability. However, I am awaiting evidence from the force to demonstrate that it has carried out work to identify the investigative demand it expects to face in the next four years and that the enhanced capacity and capability of the investigative workforce will match that demand.

[/comment][/on][on]11th June 2019 [comment]

The FMS2 document demonstrates that the force has plotted all predicted future demand across all departments, including those within its investigations directorate. As a result, this projected demand has been fully taken into account in the forces action plan to address its current shortfall in investigative capacity. I am now happy that this recommendation is complete.

[/comment][/on][on]11th June 2019 [comment]

Charlie, as above.

[/comment][/on][on]12th June 2019 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]12th June 2019 [comment]

Authorised for completion on the basis of the work that the force has done to map its workforce requirements.

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