How HMIC will work with PCCs and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
HMIC inspects and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces, as well as specified national policing agencies such as the Ministry of Defence Police.
This section gives information about how we will work with PCCs. Click on the links to find out more about how we will:
- Provide useful, comparable, actionable information
- Conduct commissioned inspections
- Assist (on request) in chief constable recruitment
- Assist (on request) in identifying complaint investigators
- Sit on misconduct panels for chief constables and other ACPO ranks
- Produce a report if the PCC is proposing to call upon a chief constable to retire or resign
For information on the legislation which underpins each of these functions, see our business plan, which also outlines our programme of work for 2012/13.
Provide useful, comparable, actionable information
HMIC publishes independent and authoritative information on the whole breadth of policing activity.
To see what information we hold on your force, select it from the dropdown menu on the left. You can also see all the reports we’ve published (since 2005) in our publications section.
These include reports we’ve published jointly with the inspectorates of prisons, probation and the crown prosecution service, which focus on issues that cut across the criminal justice system. Recent examples include an inspection with HMCPSI of the investigation and prosecution of rape, which looked at how evidence was used throughout the process – from the initial report of the offence, through to the courts.
These reports therefore offer a more rounded look at the criminal justice system in your area. Read more about HMIC’s joint inspection work.
PCCs’ comments on published reports
PCCs have a duty in law to comment on any HMIC report which includes information on their force and to publish these along with any comments submitted by their Chief Officer. PCCs must send a copy of their published comments to the Home Secretary. HMIC has requested that PCCs provide us with details of where their comments are published within 30 days. We will then provide a direct link from each HMIC report on our website to a PCC’s published response.
Conduct commissioned inspections
In all but exceptional cases, we will only carry out inspections additional to our business plan commitments if commissioned to do so either by the Home Secretary (as was the case, for instance, with our review of the August 2011 disorder) or by a PCC. In some circumstances we may also inspect if we judge there is an enduring risk to the public.
HMIC has the experience and knowledge to inspect any area of policing. PCCs that wish to commission an HMIC inspection should, in the first instance contact their regional HM Inspector. Their contact details are on each force page; choose your force from the menu to the left.
Before accepting a commission from a PCC we will discuss the requirements and the scope of the inspection with them. Standard terms including duration and estimated cost will be agreed before we proceed. HMIC will publish the findings from all inspections commissioned by PCCs.
All HMIC reports are published following an inspection, unless they include information that might jeopardise a person’s safety or breach national security.
Assist (on request) in chief constable recruitment
From 22 November 2012, PCCs will be responsible for appointing the chief constable for their area. Just as HMIC used to provide police authorities with an independent, professional assessment of the relative merits of individual applications, we will be available to assist PCCs with their search for suitable candidates or to offer our advice.
Assist (on request) in identifying complaint investigators
HMIC has a statutory duty to ensure we are kept informed of all complaints and misconduct in a police force. If a PCC decides a complaint is of a nature that does not need referring to the IPCC but is not suitable for local resolution, they will be able to ask us to identify another force to investigate. Again, this is a continuation of the way we previously worked with police authorities.
Sit on misconduct panels for Chief Constables and other ACPO ranks
Our HM Inspectors will sit on misconduct and appeals panels for chief constables and other senior officers.
Produce a report if the PCC is proposing to call upon a chief constable to retire or resign
If a PCC is seeking to remove a Chief Constable, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary will provide a written report to the PCC, chief constable and Police and Crime Panel.