State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2016
This is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s report to the Secretary of State under section 54(4A) of the Police Act 1996. As required by that section, it contains his assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in England and Wales in respect of the inspection year 2016.
This reporting period has seen the second complete cycle of PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) inspections, which consider the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces, and assess the legitimacy of how they discharge their obligations (that is, how they behave and treat people).
These inspections provide a comprehensive analysis of the way in which each police force in England and Wales has performed, and will continue to do so on an annual basis.
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We have broken the report down into chapters, so the files are smaller and quicker for you to download.
Part 1: Overview
This section gives a wide-ranging overview of the state of policing in England and Wales, which builds on our inspection programme and takes into account the results of the previous two years’ annual assessments. The themes are applicable to the police service as a whole, and to every police force in England and Wales.
Part 2: Our inspections
This section provides an overview of the findings from all the inspections we have conducted this year:
- Our PEEL inspections.
- A substantial programme of specialist inspections.
- Those which we have conducted with other criminal justice inspectorates.
- Inspections of the National Crime Agency, other national police forces and some of the forces which police the British Overseas Territories.
Part 3: HMIC reports
This sets out the full list of our inspections and other work.
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The State of Policing report is provided in a variety of formats.
Single page standard format
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Double page format
This format is best if you’re viewing the report on your screen because it’s easier to read the graphics and tables which are spread over two pages.