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HMIC asks for views on new assessments of police forces

by Brian Sims

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has launched a consultation in relation to its new approach to assessing police force performance in England and Wales. This new programme of inspections” also known as PEEL (Police Efficiency, Effectiveness and Legitimacy) assessments” will assess how well each of the 43 forces in England and Wales provides value for money (efficiency), cuts crime (effectiveness) and provides a service that’s fair and treats people properly (legitimacy). Each force will be assessed against these three themes, and given one of four ratings for each theme: Outstanding, Good, Requires improvement or Inadequate. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) will publish the results of these assessments in a user-friendly format, making it easy for members of the public to discern at a glance how well their local force is performing and, over time, whether that performance is improving or deteriorating. This consultation gives the public the opportunity to have their say on the approach used to make these assessments, as well as the way in which they will be presented. The consultation period will run until Friday 29 August 2014 so everyone with an interest in policing” including the public and the service” will have an opportunity to have their say. Major undertaking for the Inspectorate HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor said:” Our new programme of all-force assessments is a major undertaking for the Inspectorate, and will have significant implications for the police service and, therefore, the public. This is not assessment for assessment’s sake” the new inspection programme will allow the public to see clearly the performance of their local force.” Winsor added:” These all-force inspections will make a material contribution to the way the police service improves the service it provides to the public. With this in mind, we are offering members of the public the chance to give us their views about how we conduct these assessments and what they should look like.” In conclusion, Winsor commented:” I encourage everyone with an interest in the service their local police force offers to the community to read and respond to the consultation. This input will be invaluable in how we highlight both good practice within policing, and the areas where forces are falling short.” Respond to the consultation here

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