Emergency services sector update

In providing insight and information into new developments affecting the sector, we pose the key questions your committees should consider when identifying and managing risks.

In the first sector update of 2018, we consider Her Majesty‚Äôs Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) proposed inspection programmes for the police and fire and rescue services. The latter being particularly momentous, as 2018/19 will be the first time HMICFRS carries out inspections of fire and rescue services in England. 

In terms of police inspections, there remains a clear focus on effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy programmes (PEEL), whilst it is proposed that inspections do not occur at various points in the year moving forwards and instead, take place annually. We follow with interest the outcomes of both consultations and what the 2018/19 inspection landscape holds for police and fire and rescue services. We will of course provide further updates in our future editions. 

In this edition we also explore, the latest PEEL reports for police leadership and legitimacy, police funding, statistical data on the police workforce, as well as public perceptions of policing. 

In looking specifically at fire, we cover the Revised Fire and Rescue National Framework, incident response times and attacks on firefighters. 

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