Recruitment of 108 new officers planned for Lincolnshire Police
More than 100 new police officers will be recruited to Lincolnshire over the next year as part of the new chief constable's plan.
Chris Haward outlined his decision to add a further 108 officers to the force and shared his strategic vision and plan for policing in the county.
Additional staff will be allocated to the rural crime action team, neighbourhood policing, roads policing and the paedophile online investigation team.
At this stage it is unclear in which areas of Lincolnshire the officers will be based.
Mr Haward said: “My ambition to make Lincolnshire the safest place in the country to live, work and visit, is based around some key areas such as investing in our skills and people; engaging with and understanding our communities; having effective partnerships; recognising and celebrating diversity; encouraging creativity; and understanding and scrutinising our own capability.
"Basically – people. Policing is all about people and the more we work together, allow each other to contribute openly and positively and, have their say, the better we will become."
New officers will be recruited from now and until March in the following areas:
Response Policing: 46 constables, 5 sergeants and 2 inspectors. This will be phased over the next 12 to 18 months providing additional support to shifts and local policing.
Roads Policing Unit: 18 constables and 2 sergeants. The force will re-establish a dedicated roads policing team to help reduce serious incidents, deter criminal use of the roads and support local policing response.
Rural Crime Action Team: 8 constables (mix of PC and DC) and 1 sergeant. A new team will be created to reduce community and rural crime. The team will be linked to and support the neighbourhood policing (NHP) teams. There will be greater commitment to tackling crime in rural neighbourhoods, and capacity to investigate travelling criminals.
Neighbourhood Policing: 12 constables. Each of the priority neighbourhoods will be allocated a community beat manager to support existing resources.
Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT): 6 constables, 1 sergeant (plus funding for a police staff ‘victim identification officer’).
Digital Forensics Unit (DFU): 2 constables. There is a rise in the need for digital forensics, including phone and computer investigation.
Miscellaneous: 4 sergeant / inspector posts and 1 chief inspector. These roles will be for managing projects or initiatives.
Mr Haward has identified three key priorities for Lincolnshire Police as part of the strategy which are:
- Stopping crime and anti-social behaviour
- Protecting people from harm
- Helping those in need
He said: "This means focusing on seeing sustained reductions in offending; working with our communities to not only keep them safe but help make them feel safe, and also making sure every member of staff in Lincolnshire Police is knowledgeable, confident, skilled and equipped to do their job well.”