Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fires & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has rated Thames Valley Police as ‘Good’ in terms of its legitimacy.
Police legitimacy, which underpins the UK approach to ‘policing by consent’, is the focus of one of the annual inspections that HMICFRS carries out on every police force in England and Wales. Legitimacy is required for the police to be effective and efficient and it also motivates the public to co-operate with the police and respect the law.
TVP has been rated as Good for how legitimately the force keeps people safe and reduces crime. This is the same rating that the force received in 2016.
HMICFRS confirmed that the force is good at treating the people it serves with fairness and respect. The inspection report stated that TVP is good at ensuring its workforce behaves ethically and lawfully and is also good at treating its workforce with fairness and respect.
Commenting on the report Francis Habgood, Chief Constable Thames Valley Police said:
“We are very pleased to receive a Good rating from HMICFRS in terms of how legitimately the force operates to serve the communities of Thames Valley. It is also welcome that the inspectors noted the work being done by the force to support all our staff through our ethics training and wellbeing programmes.
“Our people operate in very tough environments and by the very nature of our work they encounter members of the public who are often going through traumatic experiences. I welcome the recognition of the inspectors that our people are good at treating people with fairness and respect.
“Today’s report suggested areas for improvement and we will be addressing these areas over the coming months.”
Areas for improvement outlined in the report include: developing greater external scrutiny of the use of force, making information more widely available about how to make a complaint against the police and improving the confidence of officers and staff in raising ethical issues.
Notes to editors
In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.
Her 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.
HMICFRS carry out PEEL inspections of police forces annually. Following the PEEL inspections the Inspectorate issues separate reports and grades forces on their Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy. The Efficiency reports were published on 9 November 2017 and TVP was rated as ‘Outstanding’. The 2017 Effectiveness reports are due to be published early in 2018.
In 2016 Thames Valley Police was graded as ‘Good’ in terms of its Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy following the PEEL inspections.