ACPO officer frustrated that â€˜saving timeâ€™ inspection requests ask for bundle.
A chief officer has said his force lacks the resources to produce a â€œsubstantialâ€ amount of paperwork for Her Majestyâ€™s Inspectorate of Constabulary regarding its inspection into whether police are making the best use of their time.
HMIC asked Surrey Police for 36 reports in relation to the inspection it is carrying out this year. This prompted ACC Gavin Stephens, (pictured), to take to Twitter to protest the force did not have the resources to take the time to do it. He even said hearing about the request was the low point of his day.
â€œLowlight of yesterday was hearing request for 36 substantial documents for a forthcoming inspection on â€˜making the best use of police timeâ€™,â€ he said.
â€œPerhaps 10 years ago we may have had the resources to produce such documents â€“ our focus is providing the service, not writing about it.â€
When asked by PoliceOracle.com, ACC Stephens added that the force no longer had â€œthe sort of teamsâ€ that would produce the requested documents.
Nathan Constable, a police tweeter and blogger, said: â€œSurely making best use of police time does not include submitting mammoth reports for an inspection on making best use of police time?â€
HMIC declined to comment on ACC Stephensâ€™ remarks.
While the force did not confirm which documents HMIC had asked for, the inspectorate often asks for policy and strategy documents, which can inform the subsequent inspection when HMIs visit.
The making best use of time inspection has three strands â€“ preventative policing, freeing up police time, including the use of technology, and attendance at incidents. PoliceOracle.com understands one of the documents the inspectorate is asking for is the IT strategy.
The terms of reference for the inspection say: â€œThe inspection will examine the extent to which the police service understands how â€˜policingâ€™ time is currently spent and what forces are doing to create capacity to sustain or improve service delivery.
â€œThe review will consider how forces are examining systems, processes and procedures to make them more efficient and effective and how technology is being used to improve efficiency.â€
HMIs request paperwork for â€˜time-savingâ€™ inspection