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Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police provides policing services to the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. The police force area covers 980 square miles in the east midlands of England. Although there are some more affluent areas, Leicestershire has a high level of poverty. Around 1 million people mainly live in the urban centres which include the city of Leicester and the towns of Loughborough, Market Harborough and Melton Mowbray. The resident population is ethnically diverse, with 22 percent from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and is increased by the very large number of university students and those who visit, socialise in, or travel through the county. The transport infrastructure includes rail stations and an airport.

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  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI): Zoë Billingham is HMI for Leicestershire
  • HMIC region: The force is in HMIC’s Eastern region

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PEEL Assessment

This is HMIC’s second assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy with which Leicestershire Police keeps people safe and reduces crime. PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) gives you information about how your local police force is performing in several important areas. It does this in a way that is comparable both across England and Wales, and year-on-year.

The extent to which Leicestershire Police is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Leicestershire Police is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

The extent to which Leicestershire Police is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good.

This year, for the first time, we have assessed leadership across the force. The assessment has led to a narrative rather than graded judgment, which is summarised below.

Read more about my assessment of Leicestershire Police’s performance this year, including exceptional events and where I would like to see improvements next year.

Find out more about your force's annual assessment

HMIC’s role in inspecting this force

HMIC independently assesses police forces and policing across activity from neighbourhood teams to serious crime and the fight against terrorism – in the public interest.

In preparing our reports, we ask the questions which citizens would ask, and publish the answers in accessible form, using our expertise to interpret the evidence. We provide authoritative information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others, and our evidence is used to drive improvements in the service to the public.

Inspections in Leicestershire

There are currently no announced inspections scheduled.



Key facts

Force Area

980 square miles


1.04m people 10% local 10 yr change


76% frontline 78% national level
3.3 per 1000 population 3.6 national level
10% change in local workforce since 2010 15% national change since 2010

Victim-based crimes

0.05 per person 0.05 national level
Local 5 year trend National 5 year trend (no change)


46p per person per day local 55p per person per day national

Leicestershire PCC

Willy-Bach-PCC-LeicestershireLord Willy Bach


Leicestershire Police


Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM, appointed in
June 2010

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