PCC welcomes report grading Lincolnshire Police’s effectiveness
A report grading Lincolnshire Police’s effectiveness as “good” has been welcomed by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The HMIC report released today (March 22) graded Lincolnshire Police as “good” for overall effectiveness, preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour, investigating crime and reducing re-offending and tackling serious and organised crime.
The report concluded that: “Lincolnshire Police is good at keeping people safe and reducing crime and has maintained this level of performance from last year.
But inspectors judged the force as “requires improvement” for protecting vulnerable people.
PCC Marc Jones has sought assurances from the Chief Constable that work is being done to improve the situation in the months since the inspection.
“The standard of initial investigations is good and important initial enquiries are generally completed well. Overall, victims receive a satisfactory service, are kept well informed, and are given an opportunity to make a victim personal statement to support a prosecution.
“Lincolnshire Police’s effectiveness at supporting victims and protecting those who are vulnerable from harm requires improvement.
“The force’s specialist investigative capacity and capability generally is sufficient. However, demand is outstripping the capacity of the teams that investigate rape and serious sexual offences and internet child abuse. This is undermining the force’s ability to respond as effectively as it should.”
Mr Jones said he was delighted that the force continues to maintain its high rating for overall effectiveness – but would be working hard to ensure further progress was made on protecting the vulnerable.
“Overall the report is very encouraging and recognizes the excellent work being done by the force to prevent and tackle crime,” he said.
“But I remain concerned that more needs to be done to protect and care for the vulnerable and victims which I know the Force is working hard to do.”
“How we care for our most vulnerable is a crucial measure of how we well we keep our communities safe and we must do everything we can to make improvements.”
“Very importantly this HMIFRS report yet again points to the need for more officers and staff to work in highly specialist units to protect some of our most vulnerable residents from harm. The choices for the Chief Constable are stark with the only way of adding to these units being to remove them from visible policing, something the public feels is already too stretched.”
“I see this report as yet another piece of evidence to add the already overwhelming case that Lincolnshire delivers a high quality of service but put simply does not have enough funding to do everything it needs to do. I will be contacting our MPs to share my concerns on behalf of all residents and vulnerable victims in particular.”
“I am especially pleased to see Lincolnshire Police as the stand out force in the country for making arrests in relation to domestic abuse (see Image 1). This is an area of significant risk of harm in our society and I hope today’s report will give victims of abuse the confidence to come forward and speak out. “