Terms of reference: Home Secretary’s commission for rapid review of vetting and counter-corruption

Published on: 3 March 2023

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services will carry out an urgent review of the police service’s progress on vetting, misconduct and counter-corruption.

We will examine the extent to which all forces have taken steps to implement the recommendations we made in our 2022 thematic inspection report An inspection of vetting, misconduct, and misogyny in the police service. We will also examine how forces have addressed the areas for improvement outlined in this report.

Specifically, we will:

  • seek to verify responses to the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s request for forces to make self-assessments of their progress against the recommendations in our report;
  • examine the extent to which chief officers have prioritised vetting in their forces;
  • establish whether there are any barriers to implementing the recommendations; and
  • recommend where further action or inspection might be required.

Following this review, we will report our findings to the Home Secretary.