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Response to HMICFRS Reports

HMICFRS is commissioned by the Home Secretary to undertake inspections of police forces.

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 scrutinises 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’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. PEEL stands for 'Police Efficiency', 'Effectiveness' and 'Legitimacy'. 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.

To view HMICFRS' latest inspection results, please visit their website

Alison Hernandez, as police and crime commissioner, responds to all reports about Devon and Cornwall and will publish her responses on this website.  You can see her responses to the reports HMIC have issued below.

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.