Leicestershire 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.
“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.
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
Businesses 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.
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.
On Monday 17th August, Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council held an event to raise awareness of ill-fitted child seats.
During the event vehicles were checked to ensure that child car seats had been fitted correctly and that they were appropriate for the child, for example that the child was not too small/big for the seat.
The event, held at Meridian Leisure Park on Lubbersthorpe Way, was run by officers from the Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Dedicated Neighbourhood Team, and Road Safety Officers from Leicester City Council.
112 vehicles were checked, however only three passed the inspection.
Of the other 109 vehicles, four were told they could not leave the site until the correct seats had been brought to the site, this included one private hire vehicle. The rest were given advice and had the seat fitted correctly.
PC Stuart Clough said:
“It is really worrying the amount of cars that didn’t have the seats fitted correctly. At the end of the day this could have devastating consequences if the car was in an accident.
“We would like to urge people to check their child’s car seat is fitted properly every time they make a journey.”
Leicester City Council Road Safety Officers handed out advice leaflets, key rings and stickers to drivers whilst checking their vehicles.
The majority of drivers were supportive and most welcomed the safety checks.
For more information on fitting a child seat, see the Leicester City Council website:
Police enquiries are ongoing after a bag containing what looked like a suspicious device was found in a Kirby Muxloe street.
A member of the public reported finding the bag in Castle Road at about 7am on Tuesday 11th August.
The area was cordoned off as a precautionary measure while specialists from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit examined the contents.
Barwell Road, near to the junction with Church Road, was also closed to vehicles and pedestrians while initial enquiries were conducted.
The device was found to be ignitable and was safely dismantled. No one was injured.
Officers are now investigating the circumstances and initial enquiries suggest it was an isolated incident.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area during the early hours of the morning, or who saw anything suspicious.
Detective Constable 4461 Helen Small said:
“There was significant disruption to local residents as a result of the road closures and I would like to thank everyone for their patience.
“The safety of the public is paramount and the road closures were in place while experts examined the device and safely dismantled it.
“We are now conducting enquiries into the incident and are keen to hear from anyone who might know who left the bag in Castle Road.”
Anybody who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area during the early hours of the morning or have any information that could assist their enquiries is asked to call DC 4416 Small on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.