Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) independently assesses and reports on the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and fire & rescue services – in the public interest.
They ask the questions that they believe the public wish to have answered and publish their findings, conclusions and recommendations. They use their expertise to interpret the evidence and make recommendations for improvement.
They provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their police force and fire & rescue service against others. They also routinely monitor the performance of police forces in England and Wales.
They inspect across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They also inspect law enforcement arrangements in British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, on invitation from the relevant government, as well as non-territorial services, specialist agencies and international police forces.
In relation to the inspection of Home Office police forces, the inspection regime and processes are explained in Inspection of the performance of Home Office police forces.
Speeches are given by HMCI, and from time-to-time HMIs, on matters of special importance on the policies, procedures and practices of the police and fire and rescue services.