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In December 2015, Surrey Police was one of four forces HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) graded as inadequate at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm and supporting victims. HMIC had significant concerns about the capability and capacity of Surrey Police to safeguard vulnerable people and investigate crimes committed against them. We found serious weaknesses in the force’s arrangements for protecting vulnerable people from harm and for supporting victims.

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In December 2015, Staffordshire Police was one of four forces HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) graded as inadequate at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm and supporting victims. HMIC found serious weaknesses in the services being provided by Staffordshire Police to protect and support some victims, most notably victims of domestic abuse.

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In December 2015, Bedfordshire Police was one of four forces HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) graded as inadequate at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm and supporting victims. HMIC found that Bedfordshire Police needed to urgently the serious weaknesses in its arrangements for protecting vulnerable people. The force still had more work to do in relation to tackling domestic abuse to ensure victims received a reliable and effective response.

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In December 2015, Essex Police was one of four forces HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) graded as inadequate at protecting those who are vulnerable from harm and supporting victims. HMIC had significant concerns about the capability of Essex Police to protect vulnerable people from harm and support victims. In particular HMIC found serious weaknesses in the force’s arrangements to safeguard and investigate cases involving vulnerable people; and the force’s response to victims of domestic abuse was poor.

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HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has today published a post-inspection review on the child protection work carried out by South Wales Police.

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Wiltshire police custody had improved across most areas, especially in their treatment of people with a mental illness and children. Generally the way the use of force was monitored needed to be better, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary. Today they published the report of an unannounced inspection.

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A joint report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary published today has found that good progress has been made in the move towards a fully digital system but that more needs to be done and the impetus for change maintained.

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The review led by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that coherent and routine working is yet to be embedded across the police, fire and ambulance services. There were some isolated but positive examples, but a highly inconsistent national picture.

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New arrangements for police custody in London had led to improvements as areas were grouped into clusters, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary. Today they published the report of an unannounced inspection of Met Detention South.

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HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has published an inspection report into the child protection work carried out by Essex Police, following an inspection carried out in late February/early March 2015. This is part of a rolling programme of child protection inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.