As part of its annual inspections into police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL), HMIC’s legitimacy programme assessed how legitimate Northamptonshire Police is at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
HMIC’s PEEL legitimacy inspection programme has assessed the culture within Northamptonshire Police, and how this is reflected in the force’s public engagement, use of Taser and compliance with the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme.
The chief officer team took seriously the need for an ethical and inclusive workforce, and allegations against officers and staff were generally dealt with fairly and consistently. It is clear that local teams engage positively with the public, but this approach lacks consistency.
The force is complying with most of the features of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, and use of Taser is fair and appropriate.
This is the first time HMIC has graded forces on their legitimacy, so no year-on-year comparison is possible.