As part of our annual inspections of police effectiveness, efficiency, legitimacy and leadership (PEEL), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) assessed the leadership of Northamptonshire Police.
Police leadership is crucial in enabling a force to be effective, efficient and legitimate. The inspection is focused on how a force understands, develops and displays leadership through its organisational development and is based on the recent guiding principles developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the College of Policing and HMIC.
Northamptonshire Police has engaged with its workforce to create a clear set of leadership expectations that are well recognised and understood across the workforce, although some additional communication is now needed. The force has a number of ways of understanding its leadership capabilities, but it could broaden its use for example by including a greater focus on police staff. The force recognises these gaps and it is looking to address them.