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Cause of concern

HMIC found that in many forces there is a material lack of focus, grip and effective activity directed to apprehending wanted suspects. There are too often inconsistencies and weaknesses in how rapidly forces circulate information about wanted suspects on the Police National Computer (PNC), and too often inadequate efforts are made to apprehend these individuals once the information has been circulated.


Immediately, all forces should review their current procedures for apprehending wanted suspects, assess the number of wanted suspects on the PNC and those whose details have yet to be circulated on the PNC, and take prompt and effective action to apprehend those suspects.

[on]3rd March 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]22nd October 2018 [comment]

Awaiting update from Force Liaison Officer.

This aspect should be included under the SOC question in the 2018-2019 IPA.

[/comment][/on][on]20th May 2019 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]20th May 2019 [comment]

During our 2019 Integrated Peel inspection (IPA) we found:

It has implemented a new dashboard to provide comprehensive details of those who still remain outstanding. It aims to arrest the most prolific offender first as these are causing the most harm. Operation ARTEMIS provides a small team to trace the most difficult to find offenders. Neighbourhood teams knew their most wanted and outstanding subjects in their area, which is positive. The MPS has a good relationship with other forces, partners, immigration, international law enforcement and intelligence agencies to assist in tracking offenders that have fled the country and in managing foreign offenders. 50 percent of their wanted offenders are foreign nationals. The force has a semi-automated custody process for checking criminal record overseas.