A newly-elected police and crime commissioner wants to reduce paperwork and increase the number of officers on the beat.
Sir Clive Loader, who was elected police and crime commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland in November, has this week revealed his policing plan for the area.
The plan will be formally presented to the Leicestershire Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises his work in the new role, on Wednesday.
Sir Clive said: “This draft police and crime plan reflects my vision for policing Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and also the hopes and expectations of the people who live in our communities.
“I hope to receive some constructive feedback from the panel when we meet and, meantime, would very much like to hear from members of the public as to what they think.
“Development of the plan has consumed both me, and my team, over the last two months and now we feel that it is ready to present to the panel, our partners and most importantly the public for their views.
“It is important to remember that the plan can be refreshed and developed further in future years – and that we will always take public views and experiences into account.
“We also have to be able to pay for what we want to do but I’m confident that the budget proposed will enable us to do that.”
Sir Clive wants as many officers as possible to be on frontline duties. He also hopes to reduce paperwork and bureaucracy to allow officers to make the best use of their time on patrol.
Under the plans, the number of PCSOs will be maintained in the first year and Sir Clive wants the number of special police officers to increase from 300 to 400 by 2016.
Sir Clive plans to review the location and opening hours of front inquiry officers and wants the force to try and reduce running costs.
He is also keen for police to gain the confidence and trust of victims so they will seek police help and offer their experiences when they do so.
He also has announced plans to freeze the police share of council tax for the next year.
Sir Clive added: “I have purposely chosen measures of success that are meaningful and transparent so that performance is not restricted to achievements against targets on crime or disorder reduction, but more specifically on meeting the needs of victims.”
Consultation on the plans will run until March 10. Visit Sir Clive’s website to have your say.
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