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Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) Inspections HMIC-logo


PEEL Inspections 2015/16


What is PEEL?

PEEL is an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales. Forces are assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. They are judged as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate on these categories (or pillars) based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majesty’s Inspectors’ (HMIs) professional judgment across the year.

The pillars each comprise three or four questions that focus on core areas of the work of the police. Judgments are also applied to these questions.

At the end of the PEEL year (in February), HMIs bring together all the judgments made throughout the year together with other findings and information to produce a rounded annual assessment of each force.

The inspection results for Durham can be found on the links below:


Overall Assessment

(Durham Constabulary is the only Force in the country to have been assessed as outstanding in two of the three PEEL assessment pillars).


Effectiveness Inspection

(Note: Durham was the only Force in the country to receive an overall grade of ‘Outstanding’).


Legitimacy Inspection

(Note: Durham was rated as 'Good' for this category).


Efficiency Inspection

(Note: Durham was the only Force in the country rated as 'Outstanding' in all 3 areas; understanding current and future demand; using resources to manage current demand; and planning for demand in the future).


Previous Inspections


Efficiency Inspection (October 2015)

(Note: Durham was the only Force in the country rated as 'Outstanding' in all 3 areas; looking at how efficient the force is at keeping people safe and recuding crime).


Durham Approach to tackling Domestic Abuse (April 2015)


PEEL Inspection (November 2014)

(Note: Durham is the only Force in the country rated as 'Outstanding' at investigating crime)


PEEL Consultation (September 2014)


Strategic Policing Requirement (April 2014)


Everyone's business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse (2014)


Valuing the Police Thematic Report (2013) 


External link to HMIC website

Details of all Durham Constabulary inspections carried out by HMIC can be found at: www.hmic.gov.uk/durham/


Durham PCC's Monitoring and Scrutiny Role

To find out about how the PCC monitors and scrutinises Durham Constabulary's performance, please visit the Police and Crime Plan page on our website for detalis.

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