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HMIC Reports

The Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory obligation to comment on reports published by HMIC regarding policing matters. 

The HMIC website contains all their publications:


http://www.hmic.gov.uk/publications/

The reports relating to Bedfordshire can be found below, together with the relevant responses.


PEEL spotlight report: The Hard Yards – Police to police collaboration

Many police forces across England and Wales collaborate with neighbouring forces to share resources and core functions. These collaborations were brought in to help forces create efficiencies and provide a better service for the public. However, nationally forces are spending over a quarter of a billion pounds on collaborations every year without achieving the desired results.

As part of the annual 2018/19 PEEL assessments, HMICFRS inspected the 43 forces in England and Wales. During the reporting process, we identified themes around force to force collaboration, and drew them together in this report. These findings were supplemented by six specific case studies, covering 27 forces.

Our findings highlight some good practice and areas for improvement. The findings fall into four themes:

  • purpose;
  • benefits and cost analysis;
  • leadership and governance; and
  • skills and capabilities

We have also made two national recommendations.

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Roads Policing: Not optional - An inspection of roads policing in England and Wales

Before 2013 there were sustained reductions in road deaths in England and Wales. Since then the number of road deaths has levelled off and there are signs of an upturn. Yet, we found that the importance of roads policing has been in decline for some years. There has been less enforcement of drink/drug driving and not wearing seatbelts, with an increase in deaths attributed to these offences.

Roads policing has evolved from ‘traffic officers’ who were mainly focused on enforcement of road traffic legislation, and dealing with road traffic collisions, to a wider concept of policing the roads. This includes the use of roads policing resources to target criminals who use the road network for their criminal purpose.

In this inspection, we examined how effectively the road network of England and Wales is policed. We sought to establish:

  • are national and local roads policing strategies effective?;
  • does capability and capacity match demand?;
  • do the police engage effectively with the public and partners?; and
  • how well police officers are trained to deal with roads policing matters?
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A call for help - Police contact management through call handling and control rooms in 2018/19

The control room is one of the engine rooms of a police force. If it doesn’t have the right systems and processes in place, the force won’t have an accurate picture of demand. This will affect its ability to respond to calls and investigate crimes effectively.

In this report, our findings highlight the challenges that the police service faces in handling calls with smaller budgets and fewer people. It finds that as the demand on control rooms increases, careful management is needed to make sure that the police service doesn’t become overwhelmed.


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State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2019

This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. It contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales based on the inspections we carried out between May 2019 and March 2020.

This year’s assessment starts with initial observations on the quality of the police response to the public health emergency created by COVID-19, and the wider demands the police faced during 2019.


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Bedfordshire Police - Joint inspection of police custody - 21 February 2020

This report describes the findings following an inspection of Bedfordshire Police custody facilities. The inspection was conducted jointly by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services in October 2019, as part of their programme of inspections covering every police custody suite in England and Wales.

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PEEL: Police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy 2018/19 – Bedfordshire Police

PEEL is HMICFRS’s annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales. Forces are assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy.

In 2018/19, we adopted an integrated approach to our existing PEEL inspections. Integrated PEEL Assessment (IPA) combines into a single inspection the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy areas of PEEL. These areas had previously been inspected separately each year.

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HMICFRS

The Police Act 1996 requires Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to report each year on his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales. The assessment covers the full breadth of policing work inspected by HMICFRS, and an overview of police forces in England and Wales. As required by that section, it contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales based on the inspections we carried out between April 2018 and May 2019.

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Bedfordshire – National Child Protection Post-Inspection Review - 11.04.2019

Protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. Only the police can investigate suspected crimes, arrest perpetrators and monitor sex offenders. Police officers have the power to take a child who is in danger into a place of safety, or to seek an order to restrict an offender’s contact with children. The police service also has a significant role working with other agencies to ensure the child’s protection and well-being, longer term.

This inspection reviewed the progress made in Bedfordshire Police since the publication of HMICFRS’s Bedfordshire – National Child Protection Inspection in 2017. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

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Bedfordshire – National Child Protection Inspection - November 2017

This inspection examined child protection in Bedfordshire Police in July 2017. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales

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PEEL: Police effectiveness 2017

As part of our annual inspections of police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMICFRS assessed how effective the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime. This inspection focused on five areas of policing:

  1. How effective is the force at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe?
  2. How effective is the force at investigating crime and reducing re-offending?
  3. How effective is the force at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm, and supporting victims?
  4. How effective is the force at tackling serious and organised crime?
  5. How effective are the force’s specialist capabilities?
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PEEL: Police effectiveness 2015

18th February 2016

As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s effectiveness programme assessed how effective the force is at keeping people safe and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. This inspection focused on four aspects of policing: preventing crime and anti-social behaviour; investigating crime and managing offenders; protecting vulnerable people and supporting victims; and tackling serious and organised crime.


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PEEL: Police efficiency 2015

20th October 2015

This inspection looked at how well forces understand the demand for their service and how well they match their resources to that demand and provides an assessment of their efficiency.


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Responding to Austerity: Progress Report

29th May 2015

This report sets out the progress made by Bedfordshire Police since the publication of the Policing in Austerity: Meeting the Challenge report was published in 2014.


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Crime Inspection 2014

27th November 2014

This inspection looks at how effective police forces are at cutting crime. The public expects the police to reduce, prevent and investigate crime, bring suspects to justice and, with other services and agencies, care for victims. Victims are at the heart of this inspection and are entitled to a service from the police. This service includes regular information about their case as well as the opportunity to provide an impact statement and have their say on potential criminal justice outcomes.


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Police Integrity and Corruption Report

27th November 2014

This inspection was designed to focus on the arrangements in place to ensure those working in police forces act with integrity.


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Crime-recording: making the victim count

18th November 2014

The integrity of crime data was examined and assessed and was focused around three broad themes: leadership and governance; systems and processes; and the people and skills involved. 


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Strategic Policing Requirement

7th November 2014

The Strategic Policing Requirement was issued in July 2012. It sets out the Home Secretary’s view of the national threats that the police must prepare for and the appropriate national policing capabilities that are required to counter those threats.  In September 2013 Bedfordshire were inspected as part of HMIC's three-year programme to examine the arrangements that forces have in place to meet the strategic policing requirement.


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Value for Money Profile

31st October 2014

This report provides comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?


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Joint Inspection of Custody Suites

7th October 2014

This report was one of a series on police custody inspections carried out jointly by HMIC and HMI Prisons. The inspection looked at strategy, treatment and conditions, individual rights and health care.


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Responding to Austerity: Meeting the Challenge

22nd July 2014

This report is on the efficiency and effectiveness of the police depending on the forces having the resources they need to prevent crime, catch criminals and keep communities safe. When the 20 percent reduction to the central government funding grant was announced in October 2010, HMIC committed to inspecting the forces’ responses, and the effect this is having on the service they provide to the public. This report contains the findings of the fourth year of valuing the police inspections, with data collected and forces inspected between March 2014 and June 2014.


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The Strategic Policing Requirement - Public Order

22nd July 2014

An inspection of how police forces in England and Wales deal with threats to public order.


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The Strategic Policing Requirement - Cyber Crime

12th June 2014

An inspection of how police forces in England and Wales deal with threats of a large-scale cyber incident (including criminal attack).


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Bedfordshire Police's Approach to Tackling Domestic Violence

12th June  2014

In September 2013, HMIC was commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect the police response to domestic violence and abuse.


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 View Force Domestic Abuse Response - March 2014
 

Value for Money Profile

14th November 2013

This report provides comparative data on a wide range of policing activities. For instance: does your force spend more or less than other similar forces? Does it receive fewer or more 999 calls? How does the crime rate differ from other force areas?


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Bedfordshire Police's Response to the Funding Challenge

14th November 2013

In October 2010, the Government announced that central funding to the Police Service in England and Wales would reduce by 20% in the four years between March 2011 and March 2015.

HMIC’s Valuing the Police Programme has tracked how forces are planning to make savings to meet this budget demand each year since summer 2011. This report identifies what was found in the third year.


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 View response
 

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