HMICFRS - Policing in the pandemic: The police response to the coronavirus pandemic during 2020

In July 2020, HMICFRS announced their intention to inspect the police response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inspection took a snapshot of policing and assessed what happened from March to November 2020.

HMICFRS consulted many interested parties about the aspects of policing that our inspection should cover. The inspection focused on:

  • preparation for the pandemic;
  • overall leadership;
  • working with other organisations;
  • policing – workforce wellbeing, protecting people who are vulnerable, requests for service, investigating crime, enforcing coronavirus legislation (the Four Es approach – engage, explain, encourage, enforce); and
  • arrangements for keeping people in custody.

The report can be viewed here.