Open and Transparent Quality Mark 2016/17 and 2017/18


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) scrutinises the police (and now also fire and rescue services). HMICFRS is independent of government, the police and fire and rescue authorities and they publish their reports publicly on the HMICFRS website.

HMICFRS is an inspectorate, not a regulator which means that it can make recommendations to the police, but can’t force them to make decisions. Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and the Home Secretary can all take action as a result of HMICFRS’ recommendations.

PEEL is an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales. Each Police force is judged as outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate with regards to how effective, efficient, and legitimate the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime.

The Crime Data Integrity (CDI) inspection assessed Devon and Cornwall Police’s crime recording capabilities.

HMICFRS Inspection Latest HMICFRS judgement Previous HMICFRS judgement
Effectiveness (PEEL) Requires improvement Requires improvement
Efficiency (PEEL) Good Requires improvement
Legitimacy (PEEL) Good Good
Crime Data Integrity (CDI) Good Inadequate


Police and Crime Commissioners have to publish their comments on each HMICFRS report relating to their police force area within 56 days of its publication. To read the latest PCC response click here >