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Blueprint 2020 – shaping the future of the force

bpLeicestershire Police has unveiled Blueprint 2020 – a five year programme which will decide how to make significant savings and take the force into a new era of policing.

The force is facing unprecedented financial challenge.

The government has indicated that public sector organisations need to expect cuts of between 25% and 40%. For Leicestershire Police, this means further savings of between £17m and £28m.

The exact figure will not be known until the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) on 25 November. This is on top of savings of £36.1 million which the force made between 2010 and 2015.

Blueprint 2020 has been set up to look at how our future savings can be made and how the force will look, feel and operate in the coming years. Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said;

“Leicestershire Police has a strong tradition of innovation and good performance. Crime is low, it is currently 26% lower than it was five years ago. We want to continue to perform well and give a good service but that has to be done with a much smaller budget and that does mean that things will have to change. We will have to become smaller, more efficient and smarter in how we operate if the force is to be more cost effective.

“As with any significant transformational programme there will inevitably be some difficult decisions to be made, but change is not necessarily bad. This is also about doing things differently and improving the way we do things to offer a different service that is still responsive to the needs of local communities.

“We know how important neighbourhood policing is to people in our communities and we are determined to keep officers at the heart of their communities by sharing buildings with other organisations.

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Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister: Exploring “agile working”

“We are exploring ‘agile working’ – how our staff can be based in a range of buildings but still have access to police systems. This might mean that we close those police buildings which are too big and expensive to run. We are also looking to develop our online presence to increase the ways in which people can contact the police. We have to operate in a modern way and be accessible in a way that people expect today.

“No decisions have yet been made. We will continue to talk with the Police and Crime Commissioner; our staff; the trade unions and staff associations; our partners and our communities to gather their thoughts, ideas and suggestions as that will help influence and shape our decision making.”

The Blueprint 2020 team is looking at a wide range of ways to save money including the equipment we use, the vehicles we drive and the buildings we are based in. However, with 83% of our budget spent on salaries the force will inevitably need to operate with fewer officers and staff.

The team is also looking at how the force can take advantage of technology which can be used by the public, such as encouraging victims and witnesses to report and track crime on line and contact officers through online services.

Sir Clive Loader
Sir Clive Loader

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader said

“While I fully support the aims and ambitions of this programme, it’s the Chief Constable’s responsibility to design a force that will deliver my Police and Crime Plan notwithstanding the challenges posed by the budgetary situation.
“I am pleased to have been involved throughout the programme’s development and I feel certain that the force will inform and involve our partners throughout the future development and implementation phases.”

Five key themes

‘Blueprint’ has five key themes;

  • Investing in people – getting the right people with the right skills, developing the right culture and defining the shape and size of the force for the future.
  • Enabling the workforce – building a strong foundation for change. This work stream will look at agile working, police buildings, fleet and IT.
  • Understanding demand – helping us understand and reduce our demand, provide alternative ways to interact with the force, enable victims and witnesses to use technology to ‘self-serve’ by giving them a choice on how to report and track crime.
  • Partnerships and collaboration – working with partners to reduce demand in key areas, delivering more coherent shared services and better use shared data.
  • Services, functions and processes – redesigning how we work to be faster, more informed, more efficient and use technology to reduce costs.

For the latest updates on Blueprint 2020 please see the leics. police website at www.leics.police.uk

Rogue email purports to be sent from Leicestershire Police

KeyboardBusinesses and residents in Enderby should be aware that there is an email in circulation that appears to have been sent from a legitimate Lancashire Constabulary email address.

The email appears to come from ‘Lyn Whitehead’ and is asking the recipient to pay an invoice that is attached to the email.

The email has not been generated from inside the Constabulary or by the Constabulary.

This email has not been sent from Lancashire Constabulary. A third party supplier to the Constabulary has had their data breached, as a result of the breach this Lancashire Constabulary email address has been spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide.

This type of email is commonly referred to as spam, and if you have received it you MUST NOT open it. Instead delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device.

Protect Yourself:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites
  • Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software
  • Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser
  • If you have opened the attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.

If you believe you have become a victim of this get your device checked over by a professional.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.

More information can be found on Lancashire Constabulary website
http://www.lancashire.police.uk/news/2015/october/email-virus-alert.aspx
You can get more advice on this by visiting the following websites:

The most common Internet Scams are updated on http://www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams

Have your say on changes to Recycling and Household Waste Sites

032-refuse-recycling-lorry-collectionA consultation has been launched by Leicestershire County Council for residents and organisations to have their say on proposed changes to RHWS (this includes Whetstone tip) and recycling credits paid to charities and other groups in Leicestershire.

The consultation document is available until 26th April 2015 on the following link –

www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurewastemanagement

Community policing at the heart of Force changes

bobbihoody (1)Neighbourhood policing teams will be more visible on the streets now that changes to the way Leicestershire Police delivers its service have come into effect.

Beat officers will be known as Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers to reflect a change in role that is solely focused on working with communities.

Officers working in this new role, along with Police Community Support Officers, will be patrolling streets and dealing with issues relating to public protection, community engagement and anti-social behaviour.

They will no longer routinely carry out duties such as crime investigation, planned arrests and attending incidents – these will now be dealt with by other specialist units.

Currently less than 25% of neighbourhood officers’ time is spent working on ‘core community’ activities, so by shifting these duties to other areas of the Force it will free up their time to work closer with local communities.

An investment in mobile technology will also allow officers to be more flexible, accessible and visible, without the need to be located in traditional police stations.

This shift is part of the Force’s on-going transformation to meet the change in public need and demand.

Significant savings

A reduction in budget also means that the force needs to make significant savings.

In the last four years £20 million has already been removed from the budget by reducing overall operating cost. This latest overhaul will see a further £10 million reduction.

As part of the changes the force’s 15 Local Policing Units have become eight Neighbourhood Policing Areas (NPA).

As well as Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers, each NPA will also have a team of Neighbourhood Priority Officers. They will help support local problem solving and planned operations.

Other changes include the introduction of a new dedicated Patrol and Resolution Team. This team will focus on patrolling streets and attending and resolving all emergency and urgent incidents.

Non-emergency calls that still require a police response will be dealt with by a new Managed Appointment Unit.

Through this unit, members of the public will be able to book an appointment to see an officer at a convenient time and location, usually on the same day that the incident has occurred.

A new Force Investigation Unit will conduct investigations, process prisoners and make planned arrests, and the Force Intelligence Bureau will action all intelligence reports and requests.

Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole said:

Simon Cole“[We see the Force changing] the way it delivers aspects of policing to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“This transformation is the latest in a series of on-going changes in response to reducing budgets and changing public expectation and demand.

“This new way of working will allow the teams based in our communities to dedicate their time to working closely with neighbourhoods and partners to resolve issues at a local level.

“Protecting our communities still remains at the heart of everything we do and I hope that this shift shows our commitment and dedication to seeing this continue and improve.”

Woman charged in connection with Stoney Stanton child death

Police CarA woman has been charged in connection with the death of a child in 2013.

One-year-old Harry Aspley became unwell at his home address in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, and was taken to hospital on March 26.

He died on April 1.

Following a lengthy and complex police investigation, a 43-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

She appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 4 February where she was remanded and is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday 18 February.

A 34-year old man has also been charged with child neglect and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 February.