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Force 'good' at keeping people safe and cutting crime

The Force is 'good' at legitimately keeping people safe and reducing crime, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

This is the second year running HMIC has carried out inspections of this kind, as part of its annual PEEL inspections. The Force was also rated 'good' last year.

"It is pleasing to see that the HMIC inspectors recognised the efforts made by the Force to protect its communities," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation.

"Despite the enormous pressures we face as we try to maintain services with diminished numbers, police officers and our police staff colleagues remain committed to doing the job they joined up to do serving their communities.

"Of course, the inspectors have made some suggestions for where we could further improve and I am sure these will be addressed."

In a report issued yesterday, HMIC inspectors said the Force:

  • seeks feedback and challenge from the people it serves, but it needs to improve efforts to analyse that information;
  • aims to treat all people with fairness and respect; and
  • has a good understanding of what support the workforce needs and has introduced initiatives to promote and sustain physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.


HM Inspector of Constabulary ZoŽ Billingham said: "The Force is committed to treating the people it serves with fairness and respect, and seeks both positive feedback and challenge from the public. It does, however, need to further analyse the information it receives from the public, to identify and address areas it could improve upon, and ultimately further increase public trust.

"Similarly, the Force deals with information relating to possible corruption well, and investigates accordingly. It could, however, do more to seek out this information proactively. The capacity in its anti-corruption unit would need to increase to allow this to happen."

HMIC considers a police force to be legitimate if it has the consent of the public and if those working in the Force consistently behave in a way that is fair, ethical and within the law.

Full reports on these inspections for all forces in England and Wales are available on HMIC's website.