Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces and fire and rescue services.

The Peel Assessment 

In 2018, HMICFRS introduced its Integrated Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy (PEEL) Assessment Programme. It was an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales. Forces were assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (or pillars). They were judged as outstanding, good requires improvement or inadequate on each of the pillars based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majesty’s Inspectors’ professional judgement across the year.


In 2020/21, HMICFRS published a new police inspection programme and framework, As part of this they have moved to a two-year inspection and reporting cycle and will publish new PEEL force performance reports between late summer 2021 and the end of March 2023. Under the new framework HMICFRS will grade each aspect of a force’s performance as: inadequate; requires improvement; adequate; good; or outstanding. Alongside the force’s performance report, HMICFRS will also publish a summary infographic of its assessment of the force’s performance against each inspection area.


In the future Kent Police’s performance report and infographic will be accessible from this page. However, in the interim, you may find the most recent integrated PEEL report for Kent Police of interest.



OPCC responses to recently-published HMICFRS reports

Force Management Statement

HMICFRS requires police forces to prepare and submit their own detailed self-assessments. These reports, called Force Management Statements, are centred around each force assessing its short to medium-term future demand and stating how that demand might be met or managed.

Kent Police has published abridged versions of its Force Management Statement for 2018 and its Force Management Statement for 2019.