A new inspection of fraud, including cyber-enabled fraud, will be central to the programme of policing inspections published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
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The document, which has been laid before parliament today, sets out HMICFRS’ programme of policing inspections up until the end of the financial year, and details those inspections already taking place. The programme builds upon findings from inspections in 2016/17 and continues to place importance on how forces deal with vulnerable people with this element being examined across all inspections.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Thomas Winsor, said:
“As in previous years, HMICFRS has a demanding programme of inspection work. This year, we will conduct thematic inspections of hate-crime, counter-terrorism, child protection and crime data integrity.
“With a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) suggesting that fraud could cost the United Kingdom economy £144 billion and almost one in five crimes committed online, HMICFRS will begin work to plan a new inspection into fraud, including cyber-enabled fraud.
“We will continue to provide graded judgments as part of our annual all-force PEEL programme to enable the public to see how the performance of their local police force has changed over time.”
The inspection programme also provides further information on the establishment of a system of super-complaints and the work undertaken to develop force management statements. Additionally, it makes reference to an inspection programme detailing the inspection of the fire & rescue services, which will be published in due course.
The inspection programme was consulted upon in the period of 20 January to 24 February 2017 and this programme reflects the observations made to HMICFRS by, among others, police and crime commissioners and chief constables.
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- On 19 July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.
- The NAO report into fraud was published on 30 June 2017.
- Force management statements will be instruments of self-assessment by police forces, published every year. Each force will produce its own, detailing its assessment, for each of the following four years, of: (a) the demand (crime and non-crime) it expects to face; (b) the condition, capability and capacity of its workforce and other assets, and how their efficiency will be improved; and (c) the financial resources it expects to receive to meet that demand. Force management statements will be of value to the forces themselves, local policing bodies who hold forces to account, other political and policing institutions, and the public.
- HMICFRS is an independent inspectorate, inspecting policing in the public interest. It assesses and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and terrorism, improve criminal justice and raise confidence. HMICFRS inspects all 43 police forces in England and Wales together with other major policing and law enforcement bodies.
- HMICFRS will inspect all 45 fire & rescue authorities in England.
- For further information, HMICFRS’ press office can be contacted from 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday on 020 3513 0600.
- HMICFRS’ out-of-hours press office line for urgent media enquiries is 07836 217729.