The county’s police and crime commissioner and chief constable have met with Rutland MP Alan Duncan to discuss key policing issues.
The event, organised by Loughborough MP, Nicky Morgan, and held at the Houses of Parliament, gave the opportunity for MPs from across the area, to discuss a wide range of topics with Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader and Chief Constable Simon Cole.
Issues raised included the force’s budget position and non-application of the budget formula, which means that Leicestershire Police receives approximately £5.6m per year less than expected if the funding formula was fully applied.
They also discussed the Force Change Programme, which is looking at ways to redesign the force to ensure a continued good service for the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as ongoing financial challenges are met, and the collaborative work the force is undertaking.
Speaking after the meeting, Chief Constable Cole said: “Sir Clive and I have had a great opportunity today to meet with the elected representatives from the force area.
“This has allowed us to discuss with them the policing and crime issues affecting the diverse communities we serve and bring them up to date with a number of ongoing or upcoming initiatives and operational matters.
“It was very pleasing to receive favourable comments from a number of the MPs that they have very few concerns about policing in the area and are appreciative of the good service provided by the officers and staff of Leicestershire Police.”
Sir Clive added: “Through me, the Leicestershire Police Force is answerable to almost 1.1m people who live in ten Parliamentary constituencies, so our time together with our MPs today was most valuable, and we brought them up to date on some of the challenges that we face as we strive to keep our communities safe.
“We also had the chance to outline several of the areas of future opportunity, not least via the mechanisms of commissioning in support of the Police and Crime Plan, coupled with our ever-deepening partnership working.
“While I echo the Chief Constable’s comments on the MPs general satisfaction with the current situation, there is no question of resting on any laurels as we continue to attack crime.”