HMICFRS suspends inspections of police and fire and rescue services

Public health emergencies, such as the Coronavirus epidemic, put additional strain on the UK’s emergency services. As a result, until further notice, HMICFRS has suspended all inspection work requiring contributions from police forces and fire and rescue services, to enable them to focus on their vital work at this time. This includes the joint-agency inspections, which we carry out with other inspectorates.

A letter has been sent to all policing and fire leaders, including chief constables, chief fire officers and the relevant elected bodies.

We will keep this suspension under review and continue working with the Home Office and police and fire sector partners throughout.