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HMICFRS reports

His 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 at the whole performance of a single police force.

The current assessment of Avon and Somerset Police (2021/22) resulted in the below grades:

OutstandingGoodAdequateRequires improvementInadequate
Treatment of the publicDeveloping a positive workplacePreventing crimeInvestigating crime
Good use of resourcesProtecting vulnerable peopleRecording data about crime
Responding to the public
Managing offenders

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. 

2023/24 reports
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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