History of Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police was established in 1857 and since that time has been led by 17 Chief Constables. The current Chief Constable is Neil Rhodes and he is supported by a Deputy Chief Constable (Keith Smy), an Assistant Chief Constable Crime and Operations (Heather Roach) and an Assistant Chief Constable Safer Neighbourhoods (Lee Freeman).
In November 2012 the Police Authority for Lincolnshire was replaced with an elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick, whose role is to represent the people in ensuring the maintenance of the police force, ensuring the force is efficient and effective and holding the Chief Constable to account.
Historically Lincolnshire Police has enjoyed a positive relationship with the public, who view the organisation as a ‘family force’ and report high levels of satisfaction when they interact with officers and staff.
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Vision and Objectives
The vision of Lincolnshire Police is aligned to the National Policing Vision 2016, and the objectives of the organisation are to:
- Reduce crime
- Provide a fair deal for the people of Lincolnshire
- Provide police and services that are there when you need them.
The organisation consists of three operational commands, each led by a Chief Superintendent – two territorial based (East and West) responsible for local policing and investigation and a combined Crime and Operations Support, responsible for central specialist services such as Public Protection, Roads Policing and Criminal Justice.
Our workforce comprises 1100 sworn officers, 149 Police Community Support Officers and 415 police staff. Also working on a voluntary basis are 232 Special Constables, 80 police volunteers and 118 cadets. The Police and Crime Commissioner has recently commissioned a project to increase volunteer numbers to 1000 by 2016.
The majority of back office and some mid-office elements of the business are now provided by our strategic partner, G4S. However, the force does retain functions relating to Professional Standards, Corporate Communications, Legal Services and Strategic Development to support operational policing.
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The force has collaborated with other forces in the region (Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire) for a number of years, primarily around the areas of major and serious crime (including the flagship East Midlands Special Operations Unit). Future collaboration includes specialist operations support (such as firearms and dogs).
Public Sector Collaboration
The force has collaborated with Lincolnshire County Council for some time and has enjoyed significant benefits through initiatives such as the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and support for additional Police Community Support Officers.
In 2012 the force broke new ground in policing by establishing a strategic partnership with a private sector organisation which resulted in responsibility for provision of the majority of ‘back office’ and some ‘mid-office’functions transferring to G4S (such as HR, ICT and Force Control Room).
Historically Lincolnshire enjoys relatively low levels of crime. Over recent years crime has reduced significantly, particularly burglary and violent crime. As with all forces, Lincolnshire is experiencing a change in the types of crimes being committed due to changes in the economy (increased shop and other petty theft), social behaviour (less vandalism) and technology (cyber crime).
In March 2013, overall crime had reduced by 14% on the previous year, with very significant reductions in criminal damage and cycle theft (both down by a quarter), vehicle crime (down by 8%) and burglary (down by 11%). In the same period the force detected almost a third of all crimes (31%) and theft from shop and other theft offences (30%), with almost half of all violence with injury offences and 15% of burglary dwelling offences also detected.
Incidents of anti-social behaviour fell in the year to March 2013 (by 27%) and overall calls for service also dropped by almost 4%. Confidence in Lincolnshire Police is generally high at about 70% and satisfaction with service received is even higher at over 80%.
As a small force Lincolnshire performs well in the achievements of its staff, with at least one Lincolnshire Police member of staff on each Strategic Command Course (required training for all potential Chief Officers) for the last 5 years and several staff selected for the High Potential Development Scheme.
Lincolnshire is a popular force for transferees, partly due to the relatively low property prices in the area, and for student officers (the last recruitment drive received over 300 applicants for 18 places).
Since the last Comprehensive Spending Review significant change has resulted in the reduction of police staff posts and we have sought to redeploy staff where possible including adopting a strategy that prioritised current employees for recruitment as officers and PCSOs.
The force is also further developing it’s leadership development programme, aligning it with external benchmarks and enabling access to recognised qualifications (CMI). Talent identification and management is an area of focus over the next year.
Innovation and Productivity
A major focus for the force over coming years is that of productivity. Harnessing the talents and ideas of our own staff and taking good practice from other forces and organisations to bring about change that enables frontline staff to be more productive will protect the public from experiencing a reduction in service in future years should we have to reduce the number of staff on the frontline.
New ways of working, particularly moving from fixed bases to mobile working are a priority, as are lean reviews of processes to remove waste. The force is encouraging a change in the culture so that innovation and continuous development of the individual and of the business are embedded in the organisation.