HM 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, or 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 is fair and treats people properly (legitimacy).
Each force will be assessed against these three themes, and given one of four ratings for each theme.
HMIC will publish the results of these assessments in a user-friendly format, making it easy for the public to tell at a glance how well their local force is performing and, over time, whether it 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 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.
Please click here to participate in the consultation.