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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]7th June 2018 [comment]

Following meeting in force on 21/05/2018, the force agreed to supply an update to this recommendation. (Pete Thomas IO)

[/comment][/on][on]16th July 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]16th July 2018 [comment]

Bedfordshire Police has set January 2019 for its first intake of 16 recruits on the Accelerated Detective Programme. Recruits can qualify as fully accredited detective constables at the end of their two year probationary period. A similar intake is planned for June 2019. A significant level of interest is already being received. Bedfordshire Police is holding a trainee investigators process in early summer 2018. This will improve knowledge of the current level of interest in detective appointments, as well as promoting detective work as a future policing career direction. The aim is to recruit eight trainee investigators in each of September 2018 and September 2019.In combination accelerated detective recruitment and the trainee investigators programme will (it is anticipated) fill all current SCIT, CAVAA, Emerald and CMIT detective vacancies. The force have been asked about the operation of an action plan and its targets.

[/comment][/on][on]18th December 2018 [comment]

Bedfordshire Police Head of crime has been asked for an update on the action plan progress in this area. More information to follow.

[/comment][/on][on]21st December 2018 [comment]

The force had a targeted approach for DC transferee’s in the summer of 2018 and are in the process of accepting officers keen on joining the Trainee investigator programme. They have confirmed the 16 accelerated detective programme students for January 2019 and a further cohort for June 2019. The force have an action plan (supplied to HMICFRS). This draws on national recommendations and local needs, based on workforce data. It sets out how the force plans to remedy the detective shortfall through the identification and monitoring of 8 thematic areas. The action plan appears fit for purpose for the force at this time.

I request this recommendation be finalised accordingly.

[/comment][/on][on]21st December 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]21st December 2018 [comment]

Agreed complete

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