HMICFRS Inspection Reports

The PCC has a statutory obligation to comment on reports published by HMICFRS about Sussex Police. To make these easily accessible, and to keep the public fully informed and updated on any responses the PCC has to HMICFRS’s inspection of Sussex Police, a copy of these comments will be published below along with links to the relevant report and Sussex Police’s response, when one is provided.

 

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, HMICFRS 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, HMICFRS examined how effectively the road network of England and Wales is policed. HMICFRS 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?

HMICFRS made 13 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of roads policing in England and Wales.

The report can be viewed here.

PCC's response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

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

In this report, HMICFRS' 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 does not become overwhelmed.

The report can be viewed here.

This inspection into Sussex is one of a series on police custody inspections carried out jointly by HMICFRS and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).

The unannounced inspection visit to police custody suites in Sussex took place between 4 and 15 November 2019.

The inspection programme looks at strategy, treatment and conditions, individual rights and health care.

It also contributes to the UK’s response to its international obligation to ensure regular and independent inspection of all places of detention.

The report can be viewed here.

PCC's response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

In 2014, HMICFRS began a national programme of child protection inspections. The purpose of these inspections were to examine the effectiveness of the decisions made by the police at each stage of their interactions with or for children, from initial contact through to the investigation of offences against them. HMICFRS also scrutinised the treatment of children in custody, and assessed how forces are structured, led and governed, in relation to their child protection services.

In 2015, HMICFRS published their first thematic report which summarised the findings of the first eight of these inspections along with the findings of a further 13 inspections that were undertaken either alone or with other agencies, and which had a child protection theme. This report can be viewed here.

Since then, HMICFRS has:

  • undertaken a further 17 child protection inspections of individual forces;
  • completed 21 reviews of forces to assess their progress against the recommendations made during the initial child protection inspections;
  • along with Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation launched the joint targeted area inspections (JTAI) of child protection. These short, focused inspections consider the effectiveness of statutory partnership arrangements for the protection of children. Since 2016, HMICFRS has published 26 reports about our findings from these inspections.

Together, these reports provide a powerful analysis of how well police forces serve the needs of vulnerable children. This report aims to build on the findings of the previous report by exploring the key themes identified by the evidence we have gathered from all 64 inspections, and considers the ways in which the police service, its safeguarding partners and the government need to adapt and respond in order to meet the challenges they face.

The report can be viewed here.

PCC's response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

The Police Effectiveness Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) inspection is HMICFRS’ annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales.

In 2018/19, HMICFRS adopted an integrated approach to the existing PEEL inspections, combining the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy areas of PEEL into a single inspection. These areas had previously been inspected separately each year.

The PEEL report comprises of four areas:

  1. Overall narrative assessment of the Force’s 2018/19 performance;
  2. Judgments and summaries of how effectively, efficiently and legitimately the Force keeps people safe and reduces crime;
  3. Judgments and any areas for improvement, causes of concern and notable practice for each component of the inspection;
  4. Detailed findings for each component.

The Sussex report can be viewed here.

PCC's response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

If the victim of domestic abuse decides not to support a prosecution, police and prosecutors should consider whether it is possible to bring a prosecution without that support. This is called an evidence led prosecution.

HMICFRS and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) conducted an inspection to find out:

  • whether the guidance and policy on evidence led prosecutions is widely understood by both police officers and prosecutors; and
  • whether they seek to build viable evidence led prosecutions where appropriate.

The report can be viewed here.

PCC's response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

In 2016/17, together with Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), HMICFRS carried out a thematic inspection of the way that the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dealt with stalking and harassment. The resulting report, Living in fear – the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking, was published in July 2017. HMICFRS visited Sussex Police as part of that inspection.

In the report, HMICFRS concluded that both stalking and harassment crimes were relatively commonplace and could in some instances have a serious effect on victims. HMICFRS also found that the police response had often let down victims, and because of this we made several recommendations for improvement.

Mrs Bourne asked HMICFRS to carry out a further detailed inspection of the Sussex Police response to stalking and harassment.

Part A of the report deals specifically with what HMICFRS found. Part B looks at what police forces and national organisations have done to improve the police response and an update on the progress made against the HMICFRS recommendations is also provided.

The report can be viewed here

 

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

In 2018, the Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to carry out an inspection of the police response to fraud.

HMICFRS inspected the effectiveness and efficiency of the police response to fraud, including online fraud.

This inspection, which was commissioned by the Home Secretary, took place between March and July 2018 and looked to assess whether:

  • law enforcement has a well-designed strategy for tackling fraud;
  • organisational structures provide the necessary capacity, capabilities and partnerships; and
  • victims of fraud receive a high-quality response.

The report can be viewed here.

 

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

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 examined child protection in Sussex Police in June and July 2018. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.

 

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

The 'Effectiveness' strand of the 2017 Police Effectiveness Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) inspection looked at:

• How effective are police forces at preventing crime, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping people safe?
• How effective are forces at investigating crime and reducing re-offending?
• How effective are forces at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm, and supporting victims?
• How effective are forces at tackling serious and organised crime?
• How effective are the forces’ specialist capabilities?

The national report can be viewed here. The Sussex report can be viewed here.

 

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

 
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