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HMICFRS Inspections and Reports

HMICFRS independently assess the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces.

The PCC scrutinises the police but that is not the same as ‘inspecting’ the police. The police are inspected by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

HMICFRS inspects the police and 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 not force them to make decisions or take a particular action.

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

You can read the results of HMICFRS' latest PEEL inspection of Devon and Cornwall Police on their website.

HMICFRS also carry out a range of other inspections including thematic inspections, joint inspections with other inspectorates (such as HMI Prisons and Ofsted) and inspections commissioned by the Home Secretary. Most of these inspections will examine issues relevant to all police forces and will include recommendations and/or actions for all Chief Constables to consider. You can view all inspection reports relevant to Devon and Cornwall Police on the HMICFRS website.

PCC responses to HMICFRS reports

The Police and Crime Commissioner responds to all inspection reports which are relevent to Devon and Cornwall Police and publishes their responses on this website. You can see the PCC's responses to the reports HMICFRS have issued below, along with the Chief Constable's comments on the report, and a summary of the report's key findings.

Police and Crime Commissioners have to publish their response to each HMICFRS report relating to their police force area within 56 days of its publication.