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HMICFRS.2018

PEEL Assessments by HMICFRS

PEEL is the programme in which HMICFRS draws together evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. HMICFRS 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.

To view PEEL Assessments from 2015 - 2016/17 click here.

 

2017 

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

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime. It has performed well in this year’s effectiveness inspection and has made good progress since last year.  The force is good at investigating crime and reducing re-offending. Better supervision and quality-assurance processes, and new electronic templates for gathering early evidence are improving investigations. However, the force could do more to understand why victims do not support police action and cases cannot proceed to prosecution because of evidential difficulties. Read more here.

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

 Good

 

 

2017

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

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is judged to be good in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. Our overall judgment this year is the same as last year. The force is judged to be outstanding in its understanding of demand; its use of resources to manage demand is judged to be good; and its planning for future demand is judged to be good. Read more here.

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

Good

 

 

 2017

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

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is judged to be good at how legitimately it keeps people safe and reduces crime. For the areas of legitimacy we looked at this year, our overall judgment is the same as last year. The force is judged to be outstanding at treating all of the people it serves with fairness and respect. It is judged as good at ensuring its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully and at treating its workforce with fairness and respect. Read more here.

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

 Good

 

 

 

OTHER HMICFRS THEMATIC INSPECTIONS

 

 

2019

Leading Lights: An inspection of the police service's arrangements for the selection and development of chief officers 

This inspection arose partly because of concern that the numbers of applications for chief officer posts and length of appointments were declining, as was the wellbeing of those officers. This is despite the valiant efforts by the College of Policing at encouraging and supporting the police to professionalise the selection arrangements and adopt a stronger culture of continuous professional development.

There is evidence that potential candidates’ relationships with chief constables can matter more than their ability. Some candidates get effective coaching, paid for by their forces, to help them pass Senior Police National Assessment Centre; others don’t get it, or it is not paid for. This makes the playing field unlevel and unfair. These and other things put people off applying for promotion.

HMICFRS have made nine recommendations to:

  • Establish greater consistency
  • Transparency and fairness in selection
  • A framework of continuous professional development
  • Improved mobility among chief officers

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on the HMICFRS ‘Leading Light’ report. 

     

2019

The poor relation

In HMICFRS’ inspection, they found that the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) need to prepare for the growing challenges of helping and keeping safe an ageing population.

Many older people lead active and safe lives. Not all older people are vulnerable but they are more likely than other groups to be living with some form of physical or mental ill health. Too many older people are socially isolated and lonely and may leave their homes only rarely. The criminal justice system has to find ways to overcome these barriers to giving older people the access to justice that they deserve.

The main findings include:

  • There is no national police focus on older victims, many of whom are vulnerable
  • The police and the CPS can work better together
  • It is critical that the police have consistent and effective arrangements to make sure people are kept safe
  • The police are usually good in their initial dealings with older victims
  • Investigations are often not good enough
  •  The police and the CPS are often poor at dealing with the complex needs of vulnerable older victims
  • Crime allocation policies are often not sophisticated enough
  • Systems to refer victims to support services remain patchy

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on the HMICFRS ‘The poor relation’ report. 

     

2019

Shining a light on betrayal

The report states that it is important to be clear from the start that only a tiny proportion of police officers and staff abuse their position for a sexual purpose. The vast majority of police officers and staff are dedicated public servants who would never contemplate this inexcusable behaviour.

Nevertheless, even one instance of abuse of position for a sexual purpose is one too many. It is an appalling betrayal of often-vulnerable people, and can be devastating to those who fall prey to it. Although the numbers of people involved are small, forces must do all they can to prevent, detect and deal with this serious form of corruption.

Findings included:

  • Overall, forces have good ethical cultures
  • Too many people working in forces don’t have the correct vetting
  • Too many forces are recording corruption intelligence incorrectly
  • Several forces can’t monitor their workforce’s use of ICT systems
  • Too many forces have ineffective links with external agencies to uncover intelligence
  • Many forces still don’t have enough capacity in their counter-corruption units
  • Forces aren’t proactive enough at communicating with the public about corruption
  • Victims should be at the heart of any investigation

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on the HMICFRS ‘Shining a light on betrayal’ report. 

     

2019

A workforce under pressure

In previous inspections this year, HMICFRS reported on a system under pressure and noted that they are seeing increasingly that this pressure is affecting the workforce. The public are under already experiencing some of the problems this creates. There are delays in attending their calls and it can take too long to carry out investigations. Officers and staff sometimes carry out tasks without the right training or enough supervision. Tackling these problems will reduce the pressure on the workforce and will improve the service that workforce provides to the public.

Findings included:

  • Reducing the pressure on the workforce: improving the service to the public
  • The initial response: responding to calls and assessing vulnerability
  • Investigating crime: reducing delays
  • Building the workforce: recruiting and developing people
  • Managing the workforce: improvising supervision
  • Preventing pressure on the workforce: improving the future service to the public
  • Preventing harm: focusing the workforce on their local communities
  • Building trust: linking together the workforce and local communities
  • Building the right culture
  • Protecting the workforce
  • Protecting services: a force fit for the future

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on the HMICFRS ‘A workforce under pressure’ report. 

     

2019

TACT custody suites in England and Wales 

The report sets out the findings from an inspection of Terrorism Act (TACT) custody facilities in England and Wales in January and February 2019. The inspection assessed the effectiveness of custody services and outcomes for people detained on suspicion of terrorism offences or terrorism-related offences throughout the different stages of detention.

The report looked at the following:

  • Leadership, accountability and partnerships
  • Pre-custody: first point of contact
  • In the custody suite: booking in, individual needs and legal rights
  • In the custody cell, safeguarding and health care
  • Release and transfer from custody

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on the HMICFRS ‘TACT custody suites in England and Wales’ report. 

     

2019  

A system under pressure

The problem is compounded by restricted resources, most notably a shortfall of detectives. Meeting this demand with constrained resources is the biggest challenge currently facing forces.

Headline findings included:

  • Officers and staff are taking on a wider range of activities with some negative consequences
  • Managing demand is stretching forces’ ability to root out corruption
  • Forces are identifying vulnerability more effectively and are investing in technology to better match resources to demand
  • The pressures of demand affect the health and wellbeing of the workforce
  • Some forces aren’t monitoring their use of stop and search well enough

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on the HMICFRS ‘A system under pressure’ report.  

 

 

 

 2019

 Fraud: Time to choose

In many ways, fraud is a unique type of crime. There is more of it than there is of other crimes, it is often complex and it has no respect for jurisdictional boundaries. Victims and offenders are often remote from one another, as are the agencies that tackle fraud. Unlike other crime, there is a national process for reporting fraud and deciding which cases will be investigated.

The areas of improvement documented in the inspection that require direct actions were:

  • Improve the way the force uses the National Fraud intelligence Bureau monthly victim lists to identify and support vulnerable victims and others who require additional support
  • Ensure the force improves the identification and mapping of organised crime groups in which the principal criminality is fraud
  • Ensure the fraudsters are included among those considered for serious organised crime ‘prevent’ tactics including by local strategic partnership boards and through integrated offender management processes
  • Increase the force’s use of ancillary orders against fraudsters
  • Ensure the force complies with the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime when investigating
  • Publishing the Constabulary’s policy for response to and investigating allegations of fraud

 

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMICFRS report on the police response to fraud.

 

 

 

 2019

The police response to domestic abuse

The extent and nature of domestic abuse remains shocking. This report is the fourth in a series of thematic reports that consider the response the police service provides to victims of domestic abuse. Since that time, the service the police give to victims of domestic abuse has improved markedly. Victims are now better supported and better protected.

Findings included:

  • Control room response continues to improve
  • Delays in sending officers are exposing victims to risk
  • The police need to continue to improve their understanding of coercive and controlling behaviour
  • The quality of initial investigations is improving
  • Specialist-trained officers generally conduct better investigations of domestic abuse cases
  • Reductions in the use of police bail may be negatively affecting victims of domestic abuse
  • The number of occasions when victims don’t support police investigations is increasing
  • Working with other organisations varies between forces
  • The police need to do more to seek feedback from victims of domestic abuse

Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMICFRS report on the police response to domestic abuse.

 

 

 

2018

Policing and mental health: Picking up the pieces

Every person is vulnerable at some point in their life, and the HMICFRS Inspection Mental Health ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ report highlights how so many people – one in four – are affected by mental ill health to some degree at some time. The public sector organisations have a duty to work together to respond effectively to those in crisis and to the systemic crisis that is being experienced.

The recommendations documented in the inspection report that require direct actions were:

  • All forces should carry out a ‘snapshot’ exercise to assess their mental-health related demand
  • All forces should evaluate their mental health triage services
  • All forces should review their mental health training programmes

The report sets out the findings from this inspection.

Read the response  from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMICFRS report on mental health

 

 

 

 2018

 Understanding the difference: the initial police response to hate crime

Crimes motivated by hate can have an intense, enduring and sometimes devastating effect on victims and communities. It is particularly distressing to be a victim of crime because of who you are or what you believe.

In 2016, the former Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to to carry out an inspection of police forces’ understanding of, and response to, hate crime of all types.

Based on the findings from an initial scoping study, HMICFRS carried out an inspection into the following areas:

  • how forces raise awareness of hate crime in their communities;
  • initial call handling;
  • crime and incident recording, including the use of hate crime and online flags;
  • how forces use problem profiles to help identify trends and patterns of offending and victimisation;
  • the risk assessments that forces carry out to determine the response and ongoing support to the victim, and the risk management that follows; and
  • the police response to reports of hate crime; and the system for referrals to victim support services.

The report sets out the findings from this inspection.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMICFRS report on hate crime.

 

 

 

 2016/17

A progress report on the police response to domestic abuse

In 2014, HMICFRS found significant shortcomings in the policing response to domestic abuse. In 2015, as part of our second inspection in this series we were pleased to find that the police service had come to see tackling domestic abuse as a priority. However, we also found that there were still a number of areas for improvement in the way that the police respond to victims of domestic abuse.  This report is based upon our inspection findings from 2016, and highlights continued improvement. Read more here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on HMICFRS report on the police response to domestic abuse.

 

 

 

 2016/17

Stolen freedom: the policing response to modern slavery and human trafficking'

On 28 July 2016, the Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to inspect the police’s response to the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in England and Wales.  The inspection took place between November 2016 and March 2017 and adopted a wide-ranging methodology that included:

  • examination of data and self-assessments from all 43 forces in England and Wales;
  • fieldwork in ten forces, four regional organised crime units and the National Crime Agency; and
  • interviews with national leads and experts.

HMICFRS also reviewed 92 concluded or current case files from the ten forces that we inspected.  Read the report here.

Read the response from the PCC to the Home Secretary on 'stolen freedom: the policing response to modern slavery and human trafficking.

 

 

 

 

More information about how HMICFRS are working with Police and Crime Commissioners can be found at here

 
 
 
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