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HMIC and HMICFRS Reports


Various HMIC and HMICFRS Reports will be found here as and when they become available:

 

2019 HMICFRS Reports
Date ReportResponse
 15th January 2019

Crime Data Integrity re-inspection 2018

In May 2017, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) conducted a crime data integrity inspection of Leicestershire Police.

The report of this inspection was published in September 2017 and concluded that the force’s crime-recording arrangements were not acceptable. As a result, the force were given an overall judgment of inadequate.

The 2017 report gave numerous recommendations and areas for improvement aimed at improving crime recording in Leicestershire Police. This re-inspection, completed in October 2018, assessed the progress made since that report.

 

 

2018 HMICFRS Reports
 Date Report Response
 22nd March 2018

PEEL: Police effectiveness 2017

HMICFRS adopted an interim risk-based approach to inspection in 2017 in order to focus more closely on areas of policing where risk to the public is most acute.  Under this approach, not all forces are assessed against every part of the PEEL effectiveness programme every year.  Leicestershire Police was assessed against the following areas in 2017:

•    Investigating crime and reducing re-offending;
•    Protecting vulnerable people; and
•    Specialist capabilities.

 Lord Willy Bach's Response

 

 

2017 HMIC and HMICFRS Reports
 Date Report Response
12th December 2017

PEEL: Police legitimacy (including leadership) 2017
As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)1 assesses the legitimacy and leadership of police forces across England and Wales.

Police legitimacy – a concept that is well established in the UK as ‘policing by consent’ – is crucial in a democratic society. The police have powers to act in ways that would be considered illegal by any other member of the public (for example, by using force or depriving people of their liberty). Therefore, it is vital that they use these powers fairly, and that they treat people with respect in the course of their duties.

Lord Willy Bach's Response
9th November 2017

PEEL: Police efficiency (including leadership) 2017
As with all public services, the police service must operate in a way that makes the most of its available resources. To do this, police forces must understand what their demand is – by which we mean what work they can reasonably predict they will have on any given day – and ensure that they have the resources they need, in the right place, to meet that demand. To stay efficient they must have good, realistic and evidence-based plans for the future. Our efficiency inspection assessed all of these areas during 2017.

As part of the 2017 inspection, we also integrated aspects of leadership into our assessment of efficiency, as the two areas are closely linked. We assessed how police leaders are driving innovation in policing, within their own forces and further afield. We also inspected how well forces are planning for the future with regards to their leadership.

 Lord Willy Bach's Response
7th September 2017

Crime Data Integrity Inspection 2017

HMIC has undertaken a programme of work over a number of years to test whether crimes are being recorded by the police when they should be and categorised correctly.

On Friday 6 November 2015, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Thomas Winsor, wrote to all chief constables and police and crime commissioners to inform them about how HMIC will inspect forces’ crime-recording practices in future. Forces’ crime data integrity will be inspected in a rolling programme of every force in England and Wales over a number of years

 Lord Willy Bach's Response
20th June 2017

National Child Protection Inspection

Protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. Only the police can investigate suspected crimes, arrest perpetrators and monitor sex offenders. Police officers have the power to take a child who is in danger into a place of safety, or to seek an order to restrict an offender’s contact with children. The police service also has a significant role working with other agencies to ensure the child’s protection and well-being, longer term.

This inspection examined child protection in Leicestershire Police in January 2017. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

 
 2nd March 2017

PEEL:  Police effectiveness 2016

As part of their annual inspections of police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC assessed how effective police forces are at keeping people safe and reducing crime. This inspection focused on five areas of policing.

Lord Willy Bach's Response

 

 

 2016 HMIC Reports
 Date ReportResponse
8th December 2016

PEEL: Police legitimacy 2016

The inspection looked at:

  • the extent to which forces treat people with fairness and respect;
  • the extent to which they ensure their workforces act ethically and lawfully; and
  • the extent to which those workforces themselves feel they have been treated with fairness and respect by the forces.
Lord Willy Bach's Response
8th December 2016

PEEL: Police leadership 2016

Police leadership is crucial in enabling a force to be effective, efficient and legitimate. This inspection focused on how a force understands, develops and displays leadership through its organisational development.

 
17th November 2016

Leicestershire Value for Money Profile - 2016

The Value for money (VfM) profiles provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?

 
3rd November 2016

PEEL: Police efficiency 2016

As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC assesses the efficiency of police forces across England and Wales.

Forces need to continue to make efficiencies and invest resources wisely in order to maintain a focus on reducing crime and keeping their communities safe. HMIC considers that a police force is efficient if it is making the best use of its resources to provide policing services that meet expectation and follow public priorities, and if it is planning and investing wisely for the future.

 Lord Willy Bach's Response
23rd March 2016

Missing Children: Who Cares? The police response to missing and absent children

Each year thousands of children go missing from their homes. Although the majority of them return home or are found soon after, all children who go missing are potentially at risk of harm, and a significant number, because of their circumstances, will face the risk of sexual, criminal or economic exploitation.

Responding to missing incidents places a high demand on police time, but the consequences of not investigating cases can be extremely serious, leaving some children at risk of exploitation and/or significant harm.

 
24th February 2016

State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2015

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. As required by that section, it contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales in respect of the inspection year 2015.

This reporting period has seen the first complete cycle of PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) inspections, which consider the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces, and assess the legitimacy of how they discharge their obligations (that is, how they behave and treat people). These inspections provide a comprehensive analysis of the way in which each police force in England and Wales has performed, and will continue to do so on an annual basis.

 
18th February 2016

PEEL: Police effectiveness 2015 - Leicestershire Police

As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s effectiveness programme assessed how effective the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. This inspection focused on four aspects of policing: preventing crime and anti-social behaviour; investigating crime and managing offenders; protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims; and tackling serious and organised crime.

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Clive Loader's Response 

11th February 2016

PEEL: Police legitimacy 2015 - Leicestershire Police

As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s legitimacy programme assessed how legitimate the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime. The inspection focused on whether a force was consistently behaving in a way that is fair, reasonable, effective and lawful, and if it has the consent of the public. HMIC assessed legitimacy at a force level, as well as drawing out overarching themes on a national level which are set out in the national overview.

 

2015 HMIC Reports
 Date Report Response
15th December 2015

Increasingly everyone's business:  A progress report on the police response to domestic abuse

In March 2014, HMIC published Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse. This report found significant weaknesses in the service provided to victims of domestic abuse, and made a series of recommendations aimed at helping forces to improve.

Between June and August 2015, as part of its PEEL: Effectiveness inspection programme, HMIC visited every police force in England and Wales to assess the progress they had made in responding to and protecting victims of domestic abuse since ‘Everyone’s business’ came out. 

 
15th December 2015

PEEL:  Police effectiveness 2015 (Vulnerability)

HMIC’s vulnerability inspection examined the overall question, ‘How effective are forces at protecting from harm those who are vulnerable, and supporting victims?’. We have considered in depth how forces respond to and support missing and absent children and victims of domestic abuse, and assessed how well prepared forces are to respond to and safeguard children at risk of sexual exploitation.

Response

8th December 2015

The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes - An inspection of the police response to honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation

This is the first HMIC inspection to focus on honour-based violence. Our findings are set out in the report, which also contains recommendations for the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs Council, chief constables, and the College of Policing. 

Response
1st December 2015

Regional Organised Crime Units

Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) provide a range of specialist policing capabilities at a regional level, which help forces to tackle serious and organised crime effectively. As part of the autumn 2015 inspection of all police forces in England and Wales, HMIC examined the capabilities and effectiveness of ROCUs in tackling serious and organised crime. The findings of these inspections are laid out in this report. 

 Response
19th November 2015

Leicestershire Value for Money Profile 2015

The Value for money (VfM) profiles provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?

 
12th November 2015

Witness for the Prosecution: Identifying victims and witness vulnerability in criminal case files

This report sets out the findings of a review of the quality of criminal case files. It examines how effective the police are in providing accurate information of the circumstances of the case, identifying the vulnerability of victims and witnesses, and assessing and managing risks so the needs of witnesses and victims are met.

Response
20th October 2015

PEEL:  Police efficiency 2015

As part of a new annual inspection of police forces in England and Wales, HMIC has published a thematic and individual force reports on the findings of inspections of policing efficiency. The reports are concerned with the question: How efficient are the police at keeping people safe and reducing crime?

Response
2nd July 2015

Online and on the edge:  Real risks in a virtual world

Dealing with child sexual exploitation in a virtual world requires a different style of policing from the conventional methods of the past. This report sets out findings from an inspection of the police service’s efforts to tackle online child sexual exploitation, and concludes that forces need to better understand the nature and potential scale of this type of offending to ensure that more is done to protect children from harm, and bring perpetrators to justice.

 
2nd July 2015

In harm's way:  The role of the police in keeping children safe

In early 2014, HMIC began a national programme of child protection inspections. Since then, it has also undertaken a number of other inspections concerning vulnerable children. This report summarises the findings contained in the reports of all these inspections and considers the implications for future action.

 
24th March 2015

Stop and search powers 2:  are the police using them effectively and fairly?

This report sets out the findings of an inspection into the progress made by forces since HMIC’s 2013 report, Stop and Search Powers: Are the police using them effectively and fairly? It also addresses the Home Secretary’s new commission for HMIC to examine the way the police use powers to stop motor vehicles and strip search people.

 
18th March 2015

Leicestershire - Joint Inspection of Police Custody Suites

This report is one of a series on police custody inspections carried out jointly by HMI Prisons and HMIC. The inspections look at strategy, treatment and conditions, individual rights and health care. They also contribute to the United Kingdom’s response to its international obligation to ensure regular and independent inspection of all places of detention.

Response
10th March 2015

The Welfare of vulnerable people in police custody

In January 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to conduct a thematic inspection on the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody “including, but not limited to, those with mental health problems, those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and children”.

Response
30th January 2015

Integrity matters: an inspection of arrangements to ensure integrity and to provide the capability to tackle corruption in policing

This report sets out our findings on the arrangements that police forces have in place to ensure police act honestly and with integrity, and on the capability of police forces in England and Wales to respond to complaints, internal reports and intelligence about misconduct and corruption.

 

 

 

 

2014 HMIC Reports
Date ReportResponse
19th December 2014

Girls in the Criminal Justice System - a joint report

This report reflects the findings of HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales. The inspection focused on how effective youth offending services and secure establishments were in: helping to stop girls offending, reducing the risk of harm girls present to other people and helping to make girls less vulnerable.

Response
10th December 2014

An inspection on the effectiveness and efficiency of the single counter-terrorism grant in the East Midlands

In June 2014, the East Midlands PCCs asked HMIC to inspect the effectiveness and efficiency of the single counter-terrorism grant arrangement at the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. The East Midlands region comprises the police forces of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

Response
27th November 2014

Crime Inspection Report 2014

This inspection looks at how effective police forces are at cutting crime. The public expects the police to reduce, prevent and investigate crime, bring suspects to justice and, with other services and agencies, care for victims. Victims are at the heart of this inspection and are entitled to a service from the police. This service includes regular information about their case as well as the opportunity to provide an impact statement and have their say on potential criminal justice outcomes.

 
27th November 2014

Police Integrity and Corruption

This inspection was designed to focus on the arrangements in place to ensure those working in police forces act with integrity.

 
27th November 2014

State of policing:  the annual assessment of policing in England & Wales 2013/14

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. As required by that section, it contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales in respect of the inspection year 2013/14.

 
18th November 2014

Crime-recording:  Making the victim count

In its 2013/14 inspection programme, approved by the Home Secretary under section 54 of the Police Act 1996, HMIC committed to carry out an inspection into the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data.

HMIC examined and assessed the integrity of crime data in each force. They focused their examination around three broad themes: leadership and governance; systems and processes; and the people and skills involved. They looked at how each force applied the standards and rules for crime-recording laid down by the Home Office; how police culture and behaviours affect recording; how victims of crime are being served by police crime recording practices; and how the police use out-of-court solutions such as cautions, cannabis warnings, community resolutions and penalty notices for disorder when dealing with offenders.

This inspection, carried out between February and August 2014, was the most extensive of its kind that HMIC has ever undertaken into crime data integrity. This is the final report of that inspection.

 
7th November 2014

Strategic Policing Requirement

The Strategic Policing Requirement was issued in July 2012. It set out the Home Secretary’s view of the national threats that the police must prepare for and the appropriate national policing capabilities that are required to counter those threats.

In September 2013, 18 forces were inspected as part of a three-year programme to examine the arrangements that forces have in place to meet the strategic policing requirement. 

 
31st October 2014

Leicestershire Value for Money Profiles - 2014

The Value for money (VfM) profiles provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?  

The profiles are based on data provided by the police.

 
13th October 2014

An Inspection of under cover policing in England and Wales

In June 2013, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to inspect the effectiveness of the arrangements in place in all police forces to carry out, manage and scrutinise undercover operations. Their inspection was to include all regional and national policing units, and the National Crime Agency. This was not an inquiry into the past events that have caused widespread concern about the way the police use undercover tactics; these past events fall to others to examine. The inspection has examined how well undercover policing is carried out now.

 
4th September 2014

Core business

This report examines all 43 police forces in England and Wales. It looks at three principal aspects of day-to-day policing: the prevention of crime; how crime is investigated and offenders are brought to justice; and freeing up and using police time more efficiently (which includes the use of modern technology). The report merges three complementary inspections into a single assessment.

 Response
28th August 2014

Crime Data Integrity

In its 2013/14 inspection programme, approved by the Home Secretary under section 54 of the Police Act 1996, HMIC committed to carry out an inspection into the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data. This inspection, carried out between February and August 2014, was the most extensive of its kind that HMIC has ever undertaken into crime data integrity.

 
22nd July 2014

Responding to Austerity

The efficiency and effectiveness of the police depend on forces having the resources they need to prevent crime, catch criminals and keep communities safe. When the 20 percent reduction to the central government funding grant was announced in October 2010, HMIC committed to inspecting the forces’ responses, and the effect this is having on the service they provide to the public, as part of our remit of inspecting the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces in England and Wales.

This report contains the findings of the fourth year of valuing the police inspections, with data collected and forces inspected between March 2014 and June 2014.

 
12th June 2014

The Strategic Policing Requirement - An inspection of how police forces in England and Wales deal with threats to public order

This is one of three reports about how forces comply with the Strategic Policing Requirement (published by the Home Office in July 2012), being published by HMIC this year. It examines how well the police service has met the requirements of the Strategic Policing Requirement in relation to the threat to public order.

Response
12th June 2014

The Strategic Policing Requirement - An inspection of how police forces in England and Wales deal with threats of a large scale cyber-crime incident (including criminal attack)

This is one of three reports about how forces comply with the Strategic Policing Requirement (published by the Home Office in July 2012), being published by HMIC this year. It examines how well the police service has met the requirements of the Strategic Policing Requirement in relation to the threat of a large-scale cyber incident (including criminal attack).

Response
10th April 2014

The Strategic Policing Requirement:  An inspection of the arrangements that police forces have in place to meet the Strategic Policing Requirement

This inspection examined how well police forces have established the arrangements that the Strategic Policing Requirement requires them to have in place to counter a number of specified threats to national security and public safety. It is based on data and documentary evidence provided by all 43 police forces in England and Wales in July 2013. It includes supporting fieldwork, conducted in 18 forces, and in nine Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs).

Our reports on how the police service deals with threats to public order and of a large-scale cyber incident include relevant material from this report in addition to more specific information on these two themes.

Response
31st March 2014

State of policing:  the annual assessment of policing in England & Wales 2012/13

The Police Act 1996, requires Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to report each year on his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales.

The assessment covers the full breadth of policing work inspected by HMIC throughout 2012/13, and an overview of police forces in England and Wales. The report opens with an essay by HM Chief Inspector, on his thoughts on policing for the last year drawing on his experience in his role, and HMIC inspections. The essay addresses the financial challenge faced by forces, the demand for the services of the police and the changing nature of crime, crime prevention, the role of police and crime commissioners and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary’s role in inspecting forces.

 
27th March 2014

Leicestershire Police's approach to tackling domestic abuse

In September 2013, HMIC was commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect the police response to domestic violence and abuse. The report, Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse found that, while most forces and police and crime commissioners have said that domestic abuse is a priority for their areas, this isn’t being translated into an operational reality. HMIC is concerned to find that, despite the progress made in this area over the last decade, not all police leaders are ensuring that domestic abuse is a priority in their forces – it is often a poor relation to other policing activity.

Response
30th January 2014

A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system

The report, ‘A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system: phase 1 from arrest to sentence’, reflects the findings of HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and the Care Quality Commission. The inspection covered activity at police stations, the prosecution and court process, pre-sentence report preparation and the assessment and planning undertaken at the start of the community order.

Response

 

2012 and 2013 HMIC Reports
 DateReport Response
14th November 2013

Leicestershire Value for Money Profile 2013

The Value for money (VfM) profiles provide comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?

 
12th November 2013

Working Together:  A review of the arrangements for collaboration between the five East Midlands police forces

In July 2013, the Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for the East Midlands region (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire) commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct a review of the arrangements for collaboration between the five forces in the region. 

 Response
18th July 2013

Leicestershire Police's response to the funding challenge

In October 2010, the Government announced that central funding to the Police Service in England and Wales would reduce by 20% in the four years between March 2011 and March 2015.

HMIC’s Valuing the Police Programme has tracked how forces are planning to make savings to meet this budget demand each year since summer 2011. This report identifies what we found in this third year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Response

 

18th July 2013

Policing in Austerity: Rising to the challenge

In the October 2010 spending review, the Government announced that central funding to the police service in England and Wales would be reduced in real terms by 20% in the four years between March 2011 and March 2015.

HMIC’s Valuing the Police Programme has tracked how forces have planned to make savings to meet this budget reduction, and published findings in July 2011 and June 2012. This report explains, analyses and makes recommendations in relation to what we found as we entered the third year of the spending review period.

15th July 2013

Getting Cases Ready for Court:  A joint review of the quality of prosecution case files by HMIC and HMCPSI

An efficient criminal justice system is dependent upon the effective exchange of information between all the relevant agencies. Nowhere is this exchange more important than in the context of the relationship between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) when preparing a case for court. Effective management of the process of building a prosecution case file can improve the quality of the files, and keep the inevitable paperwork associated with the passage of a case through the criminal justice system to a minimum.

Response

9th July 2013

Stop and Search Powers:  Are the police using them effectively and fairly?

The summer riots of 2011 once again focused attention on the way police use stop and search powers. As a result of this renewed concern, in December 2011 the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to carry out an inspection into the use of stop and search legislation by police forces in England and Wales.

Response
20th June 2013

A Criminal Use of Police Cells?  The use of police custody as a place of safety for people with mental health needs

The police have powers under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to take individuals who are suffering from mental health issues in a public place to a ‘place of safety’ for their protection, and so they can be medically assessed.

This review examines the extent to which police custody is used as a place of safety under section 136; and identifies the factors which either enable or inhibit the acceptance of those detained under section 136 into a preferred place of safety, such as a hospital or other medical facility.

Response
18th December 2012

Revisiting police relationships: progress report

In 2011, we published Without Fear or Favour, which looked at instances of undue influence, inappropriate contractual arrangements and other abuses of power in police relationships with the media and other parties. While we found no evidence of endemic corruption in police relationships, we did not issue a clean bill of health. This revisit found that, while forces have made some progress, particularly around putting in place processes and policies to manage threats to integrity, more needs to be done.

Response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15/01/2019