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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

 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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