Promises from the top over Lincolnshire Police numbers

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick will maintain the thin blue line.
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick will maintain the thin blue line.
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Lincolnshire Police will keep its 1,100 officers and 149 PCSOs for next year, says Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

His pledge comes as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary wraps up its PEEL (Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy) report, which reveals the county force’s good and bad points.

... some police staff and officers reported being anxious about the future beyond 2017 due to financial uncertainty over police funding.

HMIC PEEL report

PEEL’s final chapter on leadership says “some police staff and officers reported being anxious about the future beyond 2017 due to financial uncertainty over police funding”.

Mr Rhodes says Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick “has provided me with budget that allows me to maintain all levels of service for next year, including 1,100 officers and 149 PCSOs”. The two men are also “confident” the Government will give the county force the fair funding deal that the people of Lincolnshire deserve.

PEEL uncovers shortcomings, such as failures to pinpoint possible risks of sexual exploitation when children go missing and a backlog in investigating crimes where phones and computers need to be examined, while it’s good in areas like tackling organised crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Heather Roach recently revealed the force appointed a sergeant and four officers to investigate missing persons – their focus includes children at risk of sexual exploitation – and is rolling out “kiosks” at police stations like Spalding so officers can download information from phones.