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HMICFRS reports

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) assesses and reports on the police and their work. Their independent reports are used to drive improvements in the delivery of services and to inform the public about the police and how they work.

Whenever the HMICFRS publish a report that is relevant to a police force, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has a duty to respond.

HMICFRS reports and the response from the PCC are listed below.

PEEL assessment by HMICFRS

The primary framework in which police forces are inspected is called PEEL: Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy. PEEL assessments look at the whole performance of a single police force.

As a result of the Integrated PEEL Assessment, forces are given a grade in each of these three areas.

The four grades are:

  1. Inadequate
  2. Requires improvement
  3. Good
  4. Outstanding.

2018/19 grades

How effectively does the force reduce crime and keep people safe?Good
How efficiently does the force operate and how sustainable are its services to the public?Outstanding
How legitimately does the force treat the public and its workforce?Good

The full assessment of Avon and Somerset Police can be found on the HMICFRS website.

Read the response from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to the Home Secretary on the 2018/19 HMICFRS inspection.

Outstanding Good Requires improvement Inadequate
Meeting current demands and using resourcesPreventing crime and tackling ant-social behaviour
Planning for the future Investigating crime
Protecting vulnerable people
Tackling serious and organised crime
Fair treatment of the public
Ethical and lawful workforce behaviour
Fair treatment of the workforc

HMICFRS thematic inspections

HMICFRS will also carry out inspections to look at how police forces in England and Wales deal with particular issues (themes).  

This is done by looking at multiple police forces and agencies to make sure they fully assess the processes and procedures in places and actions are taken to address the theme/s. 

2022/23 reports
2021/22 reports
2020/21 reports


2019/20 reports
2018/19 reports
2017/18 reports
2016/17 reports

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