His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has moved West Midlands Police (WMP) into an enhanced level of monitoring, also known as ‘Engage’. HMICFRS added that it was assured WMP is taking steps to address the concerns, but significant and sustained improvements are required. As a result, the inspectorate will be closely monitoring the force’s progress.

HMI Andy Cooke has published his first annual assessment of policing in England and Wales and says that inspectors should be given more power to help police forces improve and given the power to direct a police force when there are significant concerns about public safety. The State of Policing 2022 includes a recommendation to re-establish the role of the inspectors of constabulary in selecting and appointing police chief officers.