State of Policing: The Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales 2021
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. It contains his assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of policing in England and Wales based on the inspections we carried out between April and November 2021.
This report draws on findings from inspections of police forces in England and Wales, to provide an overall view of the state of policing.
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This section contains the background and reason for the report. It highlights unique considerations for this year’s report and explains how the report was compiled and created.State of Policing – Foreword – online version (HTML)
Part 1: Overview
This section contains Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s assessment of the state of policing in England and Wales. It draws on the inspections we carried out between April and November 2021, as well as the findings and reports of other organisations, and other information and analysis available to him.State of Policing – Part 1: Overview – online version (HTML)
Part 2: Our inspections
This part gives an overview of the findings of the inspections we carried out between April and November 2021, including a summary of our police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) inspections.
Part 3: Our reports
This sets out the full list of our inspections and other work. The results of our individual inspections enable an assessment of the performance of individual forces, or a more general assessment of performance in specific aspects of policing.