His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and fire & rescue services – in the public interest.
PEEL is the programme in which HMICFRS draws together evidence from its annual all-force inspections. The evidence is used to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of the police. These assessments were introduced so that the public will be able to judge the performance of their force and policing as a whole.
PEEL stands for the police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programme.
The effectiveness of a force is assessed in relation to how it carries out its responsibilities including cutting crime, protecting the vulnerable, tackling anti-social behaviour, and dealing with emergencies and other calls for service.
Its efficiency is assessed in relation to how it provides value for money.
Its legitimacy is assessed in relation to whether the force operates fairly, ethically and within the law.
As well as carrying out PEEL inspections, HMICFRS undertakes inspections of specific subjects or services, known as thematic inspections. These consider certain aspects of policing in greater depth, identifying problems and good practice, and providing detailed judgments.
Thematic inspections complement and contribute to the PEEL annual assessment.
Under the Police Act 1996 (as amended) there is a requirement for the Commissioner to comment on HMICFRS reports, send their comments to the Home Secretary and to publish their response within 30 working days of publication.
In order to be transparent, on this page we will publish the HMICFRS responses to national and local matters where the Commissioner has made a formal response.