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.

 

In its 2013/2014 inspection programme, approved by the Home Secretary under section 54 of the Police Act 1996, HMIC committed to carry out an inspection into the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data. This inspection, carried out between February and August 2014, was the most extensive of its kind that HMIC has ever undertaken into crime data integrity. The report includes specific recommendations for each force on how to improve the accuracy of, and therefore public confidence in, the way the police records crime. 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.

In July 2012, the Home Office published the Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR). The document sets out the threats that require a national policing capability to ensure they are tackled effectively. The threats are:

  • Terrorism
  • Civil emergencies
  • Organised crime
  • Threats to public order
  • A large-scale cyber incident

All forces and Police and Crime Commissioners must have regard to the SPR when setting their local policing plans. The SPR states that HMIC will provide assurance that the preparation and delivery of those requirements set out in the SPR have been subject to a proportionate and risk-based testing and inspection regime. The HMIC report, "The Strategic Policing Requirement: An inspection of the arrangements that police forces have in place to meet the SPR", examines how well police forces have established the arrangements that the SPR requires them to have in place to counter a number of specified threats to national security and public safety. It is based on data and documentary evidence provided by all 43 police forces in England and Wales in July 2013. 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.

This HMIC report examines all 43 police forces in England and Wales. It looks at three principal aspects of day-to-day policing:

  • the prevention of crime;
  • how crime is investigated and offenders are brought to justice;
  • and freeing up and using police time more efficiently (which includes the use of modern technology).

The report merges three complementary inspections into a single assessment. The national report can be viewed here. The Sussex letter can be viewed here.

 

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

In September 2013, HMIC was commissioned by the Home Secretary to inspect the response of the police forces in England and Wales to domestic violence and abuse.   The report examines the effectiveness of the police service's approach to domestic violence and abuse, focuses on the outcomes for victims and identifies whether the risks to victims of domestic violence and abuse are adequately managed. 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.

This report examines how effectively and fairly the police service is using the powers of Stop and Search in the fight against crime, whether the powers are being used tactically as part of evidence-based practice and how the powers can be used in a way that builds the public's trust in the police. The report can be viewed here.

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

This report shows the findings of the third year of valuing the police inspections, with data collected and forces inspected between March 2013 and June 2013.   HMIC’s overall assessment for Sussex is good and shows that the force is on track to meet the challenge of this comprehensive savings review. The report can be viewed here

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here

This is a response to a joint review by HMIC, HMIP, CQC and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to examine the extent to which police custody is used as a place of safety under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The report can be viewed here.

PCC's Response

The PCC's response can be viewed here.

This consultation seeks views on HMIC’s proposed inspection programme for 2013/2014. The consultation can be viewed here.

PCC's Response

Whilst broadly supportive of the proposed inspections the Commissioner would like to see the area of Mental Health and Custody included and, in particular, the use of the police as a place of safety and the role of other agencies.

This report is HMIC's response to the Home Secretary’s commission of 07 November 2012, which asked HMIC to conduct a review to assess the police knowledge of and response to the historical allegations made against the late Jimmy Savile.

The HMIC report “Mistakes were made”: HMIC’s review into allegations and intelligence material concerning Jimmy Savile between 1964 and 2012 can be viewed here. The information held by Sussex is the subject of section 7 of the report, and is also discussed in the executive summary. 

PCC's Response

The PCC's response to this review can be viewed here.

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