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Force set to be re-structured

I have only been in post three months and already the changes are coming in thick and fast.

Operation Edison is now just around the corner and the Force will soon restructure from two Basic Command Units to just one Local Policing Directorate led by a chief superintendent.

The current 15 LPUs will be replaced by eight Neighbourhood Policing Areas, each led by an inspector, to focus exclusively on local problem-solving, public engagement and working with partners. Response officers will be moved to local hubs and will respond to emergency incidents throughout the Force area.

The restructure will enable the PCC and the Chief Constable try to reduce costs due to the Government's budget cuts. The Force has already made savings of more than £20 million since the Government first introduced its austerity measures but it needs to save a further £15.4 million by 2016/2017.

While I appreciate the savings have to be made, I can't help feeling that something has to give. We cannot go on providing a first class service to the public without the people to do the job. It just doesn't add up.

I would encourage everyone to engage in the Chief Officer Roadshows.

Moving away from our restructuring, I would like to say a big thank you to all 220 Leicester officers who took part in the mutual aid operation for the NATO Summit in Newport. I would like to thank them for their patience while waiting for plans to be finalised - I appreciate it was a bit drawn out - also for their work on what was a successful operation involving very long shifts.

Finally, I would just like to mention National Police Memorial Day which is being held in Belfast on 28 September at The Waterfront Hall at 3pm.

This service, which I will attend on behalf of Leicestershire Police Federation, honours our fallen colleagues, police officers who have died in the line of duty. They should never be forgotten.

Tiff Lynch
Leicestershire Police Federation