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HMIC PEEL Assessments 2015-2016/17

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PEEL Assessments by HMIC

PEEL is the programme in which HMIC draws together evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. HMIC has introduced these assessments so that the public will be able to judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole.

PEEL stands for the police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programme.

2016

Effectiveness - How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Overall Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been assessed as good at keeping people safe and reducing crime. The force understands the threat and risk of harm facing its communities and has dedicated teams working with partner agencies and communities to solve problems in a structured way and use intelligence effectively to direct patrols to take place in areas to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.  Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Effectiveness Inspection

Good

 

 

2016 

Efficiency - How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been assessed as good in respect of the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. The force has a comprehensive understanding of a full range of current demand and a good understanding of future demand. It makes decisions based on prioritisation of current and projected demand and has robust governance structures in place to manage how it operates. The force continues to seek savings by working with other forces and agencies across the south west region. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Efficiency Inspection

 Good

 

 

 2016

Legitimacy - How legitimate is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime? 

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been assessed as good in respect of the legitimacy with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. Our findings this year are consistent with last year’s findings, in which we judged the force to be good in this respect. The force has consulted with the communities it works with to understand their expectations and with its workforce to develop standards of service. It has systems in place to ensure its workforce behaves ethically and works hard to understand the views of its staff. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Legitimacy Inspection

Good 

 

 

2015

Effectiveness - How effective is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Overall, Avon and Somerset Constabulary is judged to require improvement at keeping people safe and reducing crime. The constabulary is good at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour but the standards of victim care and the quality of investigations lack consistency. The constabulary is generally good at identifying vulnerability but an accurate assessment of the risks presented to domestic abuse victims and persons reported as missing is not always evident. There are good arrangements in place to tackle serious and organised crime. This is the first year HMIC has graded forces on their overall effectiveness so comparison of their year-on-year effectiveness is not possible. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Effectiveness Inspection.

 Requires Improvement

 

 

2015

Efficiency - How efficient is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

HMIC found that Avon and Somerset Constabulary is very well prepared to face its future financial challenges. The constabulary successfully reduced spending over the last spending review period through robust financial management and a commitment to continuous improvement. The constabulary has a comprehensive understanding of the demands for its services and is planning effectively for future financial challenges. In last year’s HMIC value for money inspection, which considered how forces had met the challenge of the first spending review period, the constabulary was judged to be outstanding. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Efficiency Inspection.

Good

 

 

2015 

Legitimacy - How legitimate is the force at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

The constabulary takes seriously the need for an ethical and inclusive workforce, although we found mixed views about its commitment to wellbeing. Local police teams have a good understanding of their neighbourhoods, and they engage positively with the public. The constabulary complies with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, and Taser use is mostly fair and appropriate. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Legitimacy Inspection.

 Good

 

 

 

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2016/17

Crime Data Integrity Inspection 2016

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has made concerted efforts to improve crime-recording accuracy since HMIC’s 2014 Crime Data Integrity inspection report. Importantly, the majority of officers and staff have made progress in placing the victim at the forefront of their crime-recording decisions. We found that the constabulary: has an effective process for providing victims who need an enhanced service with quick and appropriate access to support services to which they are entitled; has introduced a new crime-recording system (NICHE) which has helped the constabulary to improve the service it provides to victims; has reduced the time taken before most crime-recording decisions are made to within two hours; has implemented most of the recommendations set out in our 2014 report; and has made good progress against a national action plan developed to improve crime-recording by police forces. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Crime Data Integrity Inspection.

   

 

 2016/17

Police custody

This report is part of a programme of unannounced inspections of police custody carried out jointly and which form a key part of the joint work programme of the criminal justice inspectorates.  This inspections also contribute to the United Kingdom's response to its international obligation to ensure regular and independent inspection of all places of detention.  The inspections look at strategy, treatment and conditions, individual rights and health care. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Joint Inspection of Police Custody.

 

 

 

 2016/17

Leadership

Avon and Somerset Constabulary demonstrates a good understanding of leadership expectations across all ranks and grades. Its recently introduced leadership strategy includes the College of Policing leadership review’s approach and recommendations. There is some understanding of how the force is led across most ranks and grades. The force has introduced a new promotion process whereby all candidates receive feedback to support career development. It has responded to gaps in leadership capability by developing a new leadership course. The force is working to improve diversity in its leadership, with more women now in senior leadership teams.

The force has a consistent approach to leadership development. It was an early adopter of the Direct Entry and Fast Track schemes, and works with local universities to improve its approach to police recruitment. In order to identify and nurture talented individuals consistently, the force could develop a more in-depth understanding of its leadership skills. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Leadership Inspection.

 

 

 

2015/16 

Leadership

As part of HMIC’s annual all-force inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) in 2015, HMIC assessed how well led forces are at every rank and grade of the organisation and across all areas inspected in PEEL. We reviewed how well a force understands and is developing its leaders; whether it has set a clear and compelling future direction; and how well it motivates and engages the workforce.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has clearly shared its mission, vision and values with its workforce, which understands what is expected of it. The force has articulated clearly its future plans through its new operating model, although some of the workforce has expressed concern about its effectiveness.

While the constabulary has recently changed some of its chief officers, it has managed largely to mitigate any negative effects on the workforce. This includes the development of a strategic approach to talent management, which will help the constabulary develop its leaders of the future. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Leadership Inspection.

 

 

 

2015/16

Vulnerability

The extent to which a police force is successful at identifying, protecting and supporting those who are vulnerable is a core indicator of its overall effectiveness. In recognition of this, as part of its annual PEEL effectiveness inspection programme, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) graded all 43 police forces in England and Wales on how effectively they protect vulnerable people from harm and support victims. The inspection included a focus on how they respond to domestic abuse victims and missing and absent children, and how prepared they are to tackle child sexual exploitation.

This is the first time that HMIC have graded forces on their effectiveness at protecting vulnerable people from harm (although HMIC has examined many aspects of vulnerability through a range of other inspections). Read more here

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Vulnerability Inspection

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMIC Inspection "missing children: who cares? the police response to missing and absent children"

Requires Improvement 

 

 

 

More information about how HMIC are working with Police and Crime Commissioners can be found at www.hmic.gov.uk

 
 
 
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