Police changes to be discussed at Oakham meeting

Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole wirth some of the crime prevention material EMN-141111-131519001
Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole wirth some of the crime prevention material EMN-141111-131519001
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Police chiefs will explain plans to restructure the force in an attempt to save £15.4m at a public meeting.

Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader and chief constable Simon Cole will speak at the county council offices in Oakham on Monday, November 24.

They will explain their restructuring plan, which aims to save £15.4m by 2017, and will answer questions from the public.

Sir Clive said: “The Chief Constable, Simon Cole, and I are very much looking forward to hearing from the residents of Rutland in regards to our plans for the future of the force. Local policing is a fundamental part of the service Leicestershire Police provides and we want to reassure people that our presence within local communities will not diminish as a result of the future proposals.

“Leicestershire Police is committed to delivering a local service and continuing to drive down crime.”

The force needs to save money after the Government announced it would again be cutting the money it receives.

Among the changes proposed are the creation of a smaller team of response officers, based in local hubs, charged specifically with responding to emergency incidents throughout the force area.

The existing 15 local policing units will be replaced with eight neighbourhood policing areas, each commanded by an inspector.

The current basic command units covering Leicester and Leicestershire and Rutland will be replaced by a new local policing directorate led by a chief superintendent.

And new dedicated investigation teams will working closely with neighbourhood teams.

Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “We understand that the quality and delivery of public services is a priority for our residents.

“This meeting will give people a chance to learn more about how their local police force will operate in the future and ask questions about the issues which are important to them.”

The meeting at Rutland County Council offices in Oakham begins at 7pm.