Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services
The PCC scrutinises the police but that is not the same as ‘inspecting’ the police. The police are inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
HMICFRS is an inspectorate, not a regulator. As an inspectorate HMICFRS have powers to secure information, but they have no powers to give orders for change. What they can do is make recommendations.
It is for Chief Constables, PCCs and, in extreme cases, the Home Secretary to take action as a result of HMICFRS’s recommendations.
In most cases, the PCC must publish their comments on a HMICFRS report within 56 days of its publication. These comments must outline what steps they intend to take in response to the HMICFRS’s recommendations. Before doing so the PCC must invite the Chief Constable to comment ON the report and publish this along with their reply.
You can find out more about HMICFRS inspections of Devon and Cornwall Police on the HMICFRS website.
Further information including the PCC’s responses to HMICFRS inspections is on our website.