Publications'Good' rating for Force in efficiency review
The Force has once again been rated as 'good' in an annual efficiency review carried out by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
Inspectors said the Force has shown that it is working hard to increase its efficiency and improve the services it provides.
Leicestershire was also rated 'good' last year in the PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) programme inspection.
"This review considers how forces use and manage their resources - particularly their officers and staff - now and in the longer term," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation.
"While we welcome the fact that the Force has maintained its good ratings we do, of course, have concerns for how it will fare in the long-term. While we are now recruiting officers, these new recruits will not take us back to the officer numbers we had when the Government's cuts programme started in 2009 and it is hard to see how we can continue to cope with increased demand with reduced resources."
HMIC assessed that Leicestershire Police:
- is good at understanding current and future demand;
- has made good use of systems to help identify and target resource at those communities most likely to suffer harm from crime;
- has demonstrated it works well with partners like local councils, and the health service with regard to managing future demands; and
- is developing credible workforce plans to support the force in becoming even more efficient.
HM Inspector of Constabulary ZoŽ Billingham said: "I am pleased that Leicestershire Police has continued to perform well in keeping the public safe and in reducing crime. During our inspection, we found that the Force has built on previous good work to understand dema
nd, something that we recommended following our 2015 inspection. "I will be interested to see how Leicestershire Police will build on this hard work to make sure that the skills and capabilities of its workforce continue to meet the needs of the public.
"It is particularly welcome that Leicestershire Police has been collaborating so well with other forces in the East Midlands region. The Force is also working well with local councils, health, probation, fire and ambulance services to provide a more seamless public service; to share information and to take a joined up approach to solving local problems and supporting troubled families.
"I am pleased that Leicestershire Police expects to increase spending on ever developing areas of policing such as child sexual exploitation and safeguarding."
Two of the 43 forces in England and Wales received an 'outstanding' grade in HMIC's efficiency inspection - Durham and West Midlands - compared to five last year.
Eight forces received a 'requires improvement' grade - including Nottinghamshire - while the remaining 33 forces were judged as 'good'. No forces were judged to be 'inadequate'.
HMIC will report on its findings of all police forces' legitimacy - the way that forces are fair and ethical - at the end of this year, and on the effectiveness of police forces in managing all aspects of crime in spring 2017.